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Remembering is political. This essay shows how acts of collective memory can be more democratic by remembering the losers of political struggles, using an independent Hong Kong documentary about the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests as an example.

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Why is it important?

This essay offers an important lesson about how democracy can work through practices of collective memory, and thus, illustrates how democracy can exist and grow even during periods of rising authoritarianism.


I hope that this article conveys to readers the importance of democratic practices on an everyday grassroots level. Even the ways that we remember can be more or less democratic. Even if we believe that a government cannot be changed, the people who live and coexist under that governance can continue to grow and develop their democracy.

Jason Coe
Hong Kong Baptist University

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This page is a summary of: Remembering the losers: The hopeful politics of memory in Raise the Umbrellas 撐傘, Asian Cinema, October 2022, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/ac_00058_1.
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