Ferguson and Hong Kong – Separated at Birth?

On the surface, the anger, disappointment and resentment that fuel the continuing social and political unrest in Ferguson, Missouri would seem to have little or nothing in common with the anger, disappointment and resentment that fuel the continuing social and political unrest in Hong Kong. After all, the former is situated in the United States of America, while the latter is a region of the People’s Republic of China. Moreover, since the stories in both cities are far from over, how they will end remains obviously to be seen. One could go relatively well, the other badly.

Still, it is the similarities between them – between what has happened, is happening, in the small American metropolis and in the far larger Asian one – that are much the more striking. They are a reminder that in this second decade of the 21st century the impulse to equity, the demand for democracy, the fight for autonomy are transcendent. They equally are a reminder that resistance to these insistences persists – which is why we are where we are and they are where they are.

Similarities Between the Cities

  • Dissatisfactory Leaders
  • Dissatisfied Followers
  • Disgruntled Public
  • Democracy Denied
  • Disorganized Dealing
  • Distant Danger
  • Persistent Protest
  • Meager Mediation
  • Uncertain Outcome
  • Lingering Lamentation

 

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