The Yale Undergraduate Research Journal


The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong started in June 2019 received international attention as clashes prolonged. A peculiar phenomenon has been observed in the textual space of both the pro-democracy camp and the pro-government camp, which is a shared set of terms surrounding the Chinese Cultural Revolution amid the camps’ antagonism. This essay thus investigates the comparisons between either the pro-democracy protests or the pro-government movement, with the Cultural Revolution, made by Hong Kong writers who position differently in the political spectrum. This essay aims to analyze the use of the Cultural Revolution as an idiomatic weapon to attack the opposing camp to draw insights to both Hong Kong’s perception of the Cultural Revolution and the characteristics of the current protests. The border goal of the essay is to show how the Cultural Revolution’s impact is still echoing.