Protesters carried umbrellas as a symbolic gesture, but they offered little shelter against tear gas

UNTIL IT WAS HANDED OVER TO CHINA by the British in 1997, Hong Kong was a safe haven for dissident writers and artists. After my first book was banned by the Chinese government in 1987, Hong Kong became my refuge for 10 years. In independent bookshops I could read books that were banned in the mainland. Within the four walls of my small home on Lamma Island, I was able, for the

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