Struggling for Democracy in Hong Kong

My Story

Non-Fiction - Memoir
550 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2023
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Struggling for Democracy: My Story by Joseph Cheng is a memoir that records one man’s eyewitness account of Hong Kong’s campaign for democracy. This is a historical journey that spans the years 1949 to 2020 and covers the significant economic and political developments that took place in Hong Kong following the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The author begins his first-person account of his early childhood during Hong Kong’s difficult beginnings, then progresses to his formative years in college and overseas. The period of his academic career was the time when Margaret Thatcher was about to visit China to discuss the future of Hong Kong. As the impending expiry of the New Territories lease brings uncertainty, this memoir describes how the world is about to witness how Hong Kong’s future was sealed behind closed doors.

Struggling for Democracy is a relevant memoir that deserves everyone’s attention. In this first-person account, Joseph Cheng has credibility as an author. His experiences represent the first generation of residents who have a strong sense of pride and identity regarding the territory. When Beijing assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, it promised to respect the city’s freedom but soon broke that promise. Cheng’s story is a vivid description of the people of Hong Kong’s escalating protests against the draconian National Security Law. It also confirms Chen as a rational citizen, who believes in a non-violent struggle for democracy and justice. This is still his preferred approach. I strongly recommend that governments and concerned people of the world take heed of this book to show support for the citizens of Hong Kong in their unwavering struggle for justice, freedom, and human rights.