Washington Examiner, January 31, 2020
In his new movie, Ip Man 4: The Finale, Hong Kong martial arts superstar Donnie Yen declares, “I’m a martial artist. In the face of injustice, I must take a stand and fight.”
Not true, say Hong Kong residents who have been protesting for freedom and democracy for the past eight months. To them, Yen and other martial arts luminaries have instead been defending Chinese authoritarianism in real life.
Massive protests in Hong Kong have rocked the city and have resulted in a raucous, historic democracy movement advancing Hong Kongers’ desires to be free of encroachments from the Chinese government in Beijing that governs them under a “one country, two systems” framework.
Instead of supporting the protesters, prominent martial arts celebrities have either outright condemned the movement or cozied up to Beijing.
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