torsdag 4. juli 2019

When the democratic world turned its back on Hong Kong’s freedom fighters

Shirley Ho is no stranger to daunting questions. She’s an astrophysicist, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a group leader with the Simons Foundation Center for Computational Astrophysics. She has a particular interest in the capacity of machine-learning to measure the amount of dark matter in the universe.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, she worked closely with the team of activists that tried and failed to get Hong Kong’s turmoil on the agenda of last week’s G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. After several world leaders got snippy about the Hong Kong protesters’ dramatic takeover of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council precincts on Monday—we must oppose violence on all sides, was the commonplace criticism—Ho was troubled by some nagging questions. “They’ve tried everything, and now they see no hope, no way out. What else do you want them to do? What else are they going to do? What would you do?”