Joe Chung

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Joe Chung
鍾祖康
Born c. 1960
Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong
Occupation author, journalist and China-affairs consultant
Website
joechungvschina.blogspot.com

Joe Chung (Chinese Name: 鐘祖康; born 1960s ) is a writer from Hong Kong, who lives in Norway. He has published five books and numerous magazine articles. In particular, his "I Don't Want to Be Chinese" (來生不做中國人), a book which criticises certain aspects of traditional Chinese culture, was a best-seller in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and though banned in mainland China, nevertheless generated controversy on the Internet there, with both support from readers and attacks from critics. Joe Chung was born in the 1960s in Hong Kong. He became concerned with Chinese politics following the imprisonment of Wei Jingsheng in 1979. In 1991 he completed his Masters degree in sociology at Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the elections of 1994 and 1999 for the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, he represented the Hong Kong Democratic Party in the geographical constituency of Wong Tai Sin but was not elected. In 2001 he openly called for independence of Taiwan and was criticised by the Chinese Communist Party as "more arrogant than Taiwan separatists". He is a frequent contributor to Hong Kong Open magazine. In 2012 he contributed several articles to the Apple Daily regarding National Education in Hong Kong and the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands.

Political Activism[edit]

In a 1990s, Joe Chung was frequently active in pro-democratic approach human rights activities in Hong Kong. On 9 July 1995, Joe Chung and other activists burnt the flag of the People's Republic of China outside the offices of Xinhua in Hong Kong to protest the arrest by the Chinese authorities of Harry Wu, the Chinese penal colony researcher. On 30 November 1995, Wei Jingsheng Action Group chairman Joe Chung, accompanied by other members of the Wei Jingsheng Action Group, publicly burned a cartoon image of Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping to demand the release of democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng. The event occurred outside the office of the Xinhua News Agency in Happy Valley on Thursday, 29 November 1995. Both these events were widely reported by local media and news agencies the following day.

Taiwan independence controversy[edit]

On 4 May 2000, (the anniversary of the 4 May movement), Joe Chung published an op-ed piece in the Hong Kong Ming Pao, titled "Taiwan Has the Right to Independence" (台灣有權獨立). An article in the Sing Tao published in Hong Kong on 20 May 2000 titled 鐘祖康被指【煽動分裂】親中報炮轟《明報》 (Joe Chung accused of inciting break-up of China as Communist newspapers bombard the Ming Pao) commented on the following events. According to the article, the Communist affiliated Hong Kong newspapers Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po responded to Joe Chung's article with a barrage of over 20 articles in the following days with articles such as "Taiwan Has No Right to Independence" (台灣無權獨立) in the Wen Wei Po on 9 May 2000. The articles refuted Chung's arguments, accusing him of splitting China, contravening article 23 of the Basic Law, and being a traitor to China. They also attacked the Ming Pao, accusing it of breaking its promise to "publish a Chinese newspaper for Chinese people". The Sing Tao Newspaper noted that concerted, sustained attacks by the Communist press of this ferocity had not been seen since the pre-handover 1990s when the Communist press had attacked Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten. The article also noted that Joe Chung was both glad that his article had stirred up debate, but feared for his personal safety as result. Also according to the article, the Ming Pao newspaper declined to publish Joe Chung's rebuttal of these attacks, saying that enough had been said on the matter. After the publication of the Sing Tao article, the attacks continued with articles such as Some "Chinese People" Who Hate Their Own Country (某些仇恨自己國家的'中國人') published in the Ta Kung Pao, on 29 May 2001.

I Don't Want to be Chinese Again (來生不做中國人)[edit]

This is Joe Chung's best selling book and at the time of writing in 2012, five years after publication in 2007, it is still one of the 10 best-selling non-fiction books in Hong Kong retailer CP store, according to their website: http://www.cp1897.com.hk/cpStore_news.php?id=48. According to the book, the title “I don’t want to be Chinese again” was inspired by an opinion poll which showed that 65% of mainland Chinese would not want to be reborn as Chinese, given the chance of re-incarnation. Writing in the Taiwan Liberty Times in January 2011, http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2011/new/jan/3/today-o6.htm, Huang Sili (黃思立) noted that the book had already been reprinted 38 times and reported a selection of Chinese online commentary supportive of the author's views

List of books written by Joe Chung[edit]

《高官廢話公式寶鑑—探討香港社會超穩定的語言學基礎》( ISBN 962-867-563-X)2002 (Hong Kong: Xiafei'er Publishing House) English title: On the Road to Unaccountability: the Best Paid Officials in the World Demonstrate How to Defend the Indefensible.

《網上搜證寶典網上搜證寶典—附全球26名校網上資料庫效能測試報告》(ISBN 962-867-568-0)2003 (Hong Kong: Xiafei'er Publishing House) English title: Online Supersearcher's Bible : including an overall review of the databases subscribed to by 26 top universities

《來生不做中國人》(ISBN 978-986-7178-52-7) 2007(Taipei: Asian Culture Press) English title: I Don't Want to be Chinese Again(Taipei: Asian Culture Press)

《中國比小說更離奇》( ISBN 978-986-6789-14-4 )2007(Taipei:Taiwan Interminds Publishing Inc.) English title: China is Stranger Than Fiction

《中國,你憑什麼?》 ( ISBN 978-988-1725-0-35) 2009 (Hong Kong: People's Culture Publishing House) English title: China : Where is Your Pride?

《向中國低文明說不》(ISBN 978-988-8292-07-3) 2014 (Hong Kong: Enrich Publishing Ltd.) English title: Say NO to Uncivilized China

《拷問中國:兼論習近平論文剽竊事證》(ISBN 978-986-5794-23-1) 2014 (Taipei: Asian Culture Press) English title: Interrogating China: The Evidence of Xi Jinping’s Plagiarism


Joe Chung's "I don't want to be Chinese again" donated to China Communist Party Hong Kong representative as a political protest[edit]

According to media reports, on 16 July 2012, a Hong Kong Legislative Council member, Power to the People lawmaker Albert Chan Wai Yip presented a book by Joe Chung, "I don't want to be Chinese again", to Zhang Xiaoming, director of China's Liaison Office, as an act of protest against China's central government, before boycotting a lunch meeting at the Legislative Council .

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