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The Hong Konger: Jimmy Lai's Extraordinary Struggle for Freedom – Free Documentary Screening for Educators

Date: October 22, 2022 | 10 AM - 1 PM

Venue: Vancouver International Film Centre, 1811 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Co-sponsored by: BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association | Amnesty International Canada | VSSDM (Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement)

This free screening is exclusively arranged for educators and will be followed by a Q&A session with guest speakers from the production team and the interviewees in the documentary. For registration:

Due to limited seating capacity of 160, you are advised to register ASAP. Please make sure you will attend the event or cancel the registration if you really cannot make it. Your cooperation and understanding are deeply appreciated.

Jimmy Lai and other 4 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who are jailed and facing national security law charges are nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Jimmy is the founder and owner of Apply Daily. As guardian of freedom of speech and the press, Apple Daily provided an independent voice for Hong Kong following its 1997 transition from British rule to Chinese control. The newspaper got the highest readership in Hong Kong before it was forced to close operations by the Hong Kong government in 2021.

The Hong Konger: Jimmy Lai's Extraordinary Struggle for Freedom is a powerful and moving documentary by the Acton Institute. A palpable shift in freedoms occur under the leadership of Chinese president Xi Jinping as China retreats from its “one nation, two systems” policy. When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms come under attack, media tycoon Jimmy Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties, or his own freedom. Jimmy’s story is one that cannot die in a prison cell—it is one that must reignite a persistent movement to defend the cause of freedom for Hong Kongers, for China as a whole, and humanity everywhere.

“Even if they kill me, I will fight to the last day." - Jimmy Lai. The Chinese government wants him silenced, but even from behind bars Jimmy is continuing to fight for freedom. Today Jimmy perseveres in a Hong Kong prison cell awaiting trial.

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From his own testimony as well as through exclusive interviews with diplomats, citizen activists, scholars, and friends from across the globe, The Hong Konger chronicles Jimmy’s story of heroic sacrifice and symbol of the freedom movement. This documentary reveals how freedom and rule of law of a once vibrant and most free city could be stripped off, leading to so many Hong Kong people seeking for exile and some ending up in Canada.

Racist, Not Racist, Antiracist

Language and the Dynamic Disaster of American Racism

By Leland Harper and Jennifer Kling

“Hey, that was kind of racist.”

“I'm not a racist! I have Black friends.”

This exchange highlights a problem with how people in the United States tend to talk about racially tricky situations. As Racist, Not Racist, Antiracist: Language and the Dynamic Disaster of American Racism explores, such situations are ordinarily categorized as either racist or not racist (or, in other cases, as antiracist). The problem is, there are often situations that are racially not good, but that we do not want to categorize as racist, either. However, since we don’t have the language to describe this in-between, we are forced to fall back on the racist/not racist/antiracist trinary, which tends to shut down productive discussion. This is especially true for white people, who tend to take claims of racism—be they interpersonal or institutional—as a personal attack. This is problematic, not only because it means that white people never learn about their own racially troubling behaviors, but also because such fragility keeps them from being able to engage in productive discussions about systemic racial oppression. Leland Harper and Jennifer Kling demonstrate how expanding our racial vocabulary is crucial for the attainment of justice equally enjoyed by all.