In City on Fire: the fight for Hong Kong, Hong Kong–based Australian writer and lawyer Antony Dapiran provides the first detailed account of the pro-democracy protests that engulfed his adopted city in 2019. Driven by young protesters and the ‘Be Water!’ philosophy borrowed from hometown hero Bruce Lee, the leaderless, technology-driven movement defied a global superpower and changed Hong Kong, perhaps forever. Antony joins Hugh Riminton to discuss the protesters’ unique tactics, explain how the movement fits into the city’s long history of dissent and explore what the uprising means for the future of Hong Kong and China itself.

Antony Dapiran (Australian)

Antony Dapiran

Antony Dapiran is an Australian, Hong Kong–based writer and lawyer, and the author of two books on Hong Kong including his latest, City on Fire: the Fight for Hong Kong. Antony has written and presented extensively on Hong Kong and Chinese politics, culture and business, with his writing appearing in The Atlantic, New Statesman, Foreign Policy, Quartz, Art Asia Pacific, Mekong Review and The Guardian, among others. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Antony has resided between Hong Kong and Beijing for more than 20 years.

Hugh Riminton (Australian)

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton is a 40-year news veteran, working chiefly as a foreign correspondent, anchor, show presenter and political reporter for CNN, Nine, the ABC and TEN, where he is National Affairs Editor. He has won numerous international and Australian journalism awards including two Walkleys and a Logie. With Peter van Onselen, Hugh hosts a weekly political news podcast The Professor And The Hack through 10 Speaks. His 2017 memoir Minefields: A Life in the News Game was an Australian bestseller.