June Cheng

June is the East Asia correspondent for WORLD Magazine. Follow June on Twitter @JuneCheng_World.

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Stepping into the fray

Asia | As violent demonstrations roil Hong Kong, a bold group of volunteers is providing moral support and physical protection for young protesters
by June Cheng
Posted 10/10/19, 01:14 pm

On the road in front of the luxury mall Pacific Place in the central business district of Hong Kong, hundreds of young pro-democracy protesters, wearing hard hats and gas masks, began to yell and run in retreat. Behind them, tear gas canisters arched through the sky, leaving trails of white smoke. As police fired rounds of the acrid gas, members of an elite police squad known as raptors suddenly charged at protesters from both the main and side roads.

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Out of bounds?

Democracy | The NBA faced a backlash after apologizing for a team general manager’s tweet supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong
by June Cheng
Posted 10/08/19, 06:44 pm

As the Hong Kong protests enter their fifth month, the clash between the democratic ideals of demonstrators and the authoritarianism of Beijing is now being felt in corporate America. This week, the National Basketball Association faces the choice all companies working in China must face: Free speech or access to the massive Chinese market?

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Parades and protest

Democracy | Revelers in Beijing celebrate China’s anniversary while demonstrators in Hong Kong protest Communist encroachment
by June Cheng
Posted 10/01/19, 09:16 pm

After a day of protests and violence—including a police shooting of one protester—on Tuesday, Janis Fung looked at the devastation in the typically busy Hong Kong business district and said she felt more hurt than shock to see her homeland in such a state: “In my 30 years, I’ve never seen Hong Kong like this. We see how the government and police are treating the citizens, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”

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