Articles by Callum Phillips

Callum Phillips
About Callum Phillips
Callum Phillips hails from a small town in Wales and is a reluctant Law student at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Leicester. His interests lie in Governance, Human Rights, Social Activism and generally questioning authority. While he is in Hong Kong he has become a very vocal campaigner and a staunch pro-democratic & morality-centred commentator. Tweet him @CallumPhillips8

Interpretation Another Step To “One Country, What Two Systems?”

November 7, 2016 | Comment(s)

The storm surrounding Youngspiration lawmakers, Sixtus “Baggio” Leung and Yau Wai-Ching, has reached crisis level in Hong Kong and China. The two popularly elected legislators defied Beijing expectations by amending their oaths at the swearing-in process. Both displayed a banner reading “Hong Kong is not China”, whilst Yau mispronounced the “People’s Republic of China” as the “People’s re-fucking of Chee-na” in a show of support for Hong Kong independence. In response, the Chief Executive and […Continue Reading]

Beijing Lies, Revolutions and Hope: The True Story Behind Hong Kong’s Independence Awakening

July 30, 2016 | Comment(s)

A rampant increase in calls for independence and self-determination have gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protestors head for an explosive confrontation with the Hong Kong government, headlined by the formation of the Hong Kong National Party who are unafraid of discussing military violence as a means to an end and the  deceptive proclamations of establishment figures. HKNP: A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire The Hong Kong National Party convenor Andy Chan Ho-tin cut […Continue Reading]

Terrified of Tiananmen: How The CCP Rewrites History

March 11, 2016 | Comment(s)

Following Donald Trump’s bizarre (and inaccurate) labeling of the Tiananmen Massacre as a “riot”, we take this opportunity to look back at the incident and examine quite how far the Chinese Communist Party is willing to go in order to maintain its worst best kept secret. The Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 was a well-attended, student led demonstration supporting the Chinese Democratic Movement, triggered by the death of party secretary Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer. It has […Continue Reading]

“Indigenous” Hong Kong Awakens? The Overdue Explosion of Localism

February 28, 2016 | Comment(s)

There has been a recent explosion of localist activist within Hong Kong in the last few months, likely due to a rapidly decreasing level of patience with antagonistic and abrasive pro-Beijing government actors as well as a lack of faith in “old-fashioned” and traditional democratic parties. The Fishball Revolution, in Mong Kok, is the first eruption of a previously dormant volcano. Rising political tension and a frustration with heavy-handed police tactics portray an underlying cause of […Continue Reading]

The Role of Universities in Hong Kong: Setting the Record Straight

February 3, 2016 | Comment(s)

There appears to be a common misconception among the pro-Beijing media and government in Hong Kong. Their contention is seemingly as follows: Both students (and staff) should shut up, accept what they are told by the authorities and study. Apart from being ridiculously condescending for the future of society, it poses some major concerns as to how anyone could even come to that conclusion and still be qualified to hold such positions. A universities role in society […Continue Reading]

China Is Spitting On Human Rights – If They Still Exist

January 20, 2016 | Comment(s)

As President Xi wields his mighty sword over Chinese lands, scaring activists into submission, where is the international condemnation and more importantly, where do the violations end? By now everyone should know the story of Lee Bo, a British Citizen who was the target of a political kidnapping whilst in Hong Kong, and the equally terrifying tale of Gui Minhai, a Swedish Citizen abducted from the Thai resort of Payyata, both for selling books critical […Continue Reading]

A Class Boycott Is The Future – If You Want To Have One

January 11, 2016 | Comment(s)

There is no longer any room for debate that the University of Hong Kong is falling, rapidly, into becoming nothing more than another drone factory, dedicated to providing students with a degree but not an education, whilst they become the property of the state. Granted, if not for efforts by a large number of staff, this would have happened already. We must note that HKU has long been dedicated to a progressive tutelage, involving a […Continue Reading]

2016: The Swansong of Hong Kong?

January 3, 2016 | Comment(s)

As 2015 came to a close, the Hong Kong government dropped two bitterly disappointing announcements furthering fears of the end of the promised One Country, Two Systems concept. The “Tsar of Education”, “King” Arthur Li has become Chairman of the HKU Council, whilst Barry Chin Chi-Yung is now a member of the already inadequate Independent Police Complaints Council. To state that opposition to Arthur Li is abundant would be putting it mildly. In October, 90% […Continue Reading]

Hong Kong’s Law Enforcement Is Failing Its Citizens

December 16, 2015 | Comment(s)

An end to police injustice should be on every Hong Kongers Christmas list this year and it only takes Ken Tsang’s journey through the Hong Kong legal system to painfully illustrate why. He has been accused of assaulting 11 Police Officers by splashing water on them from an overpass, during last year’s occupation. Albeit slightly ridiculous, since at the time tear gas and pepper spray was being more than “splashed” over hundreds of citizens, such act in […Continue Reading]

The Consequences of Cardinal Tong’s Curriculum

November 30, 2015 | Comment(s)

Despite an inspiring and courageous protest by the Students graduating from the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, the biggest issue still flies under the radar. The Caritas Institute invited controversial Cardinal John Tong, who leads Hong Kong’s catholic population, to be the guest of honour at its recent graduation ceremony. The Cardinal published a letter in November urged people to choose their political representatives on the basis that they would reject the Sexual Orientation Discrimination […Continue Reading]

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