Hong Kong's cultural independence is at risk

In 1949, the Communist Party won the Chinese Civil War, and my grandfather Tony Nieh fled Shanghai. He had worked as an interpreter for the United States Army so he knew that the communists would throw him in jail if he stayed.

A year later, my grandmother followed him with their five young children, including my father, then eight years old, in tow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Hong Kong's cultural independence is at risk'. Print Edition | Subscribe