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Denise Ho: 
Pop & Politics in Hong Kong

LGBTQI activist, and Cantopop singer, Denise Ho has become a prominent figure in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution. Don't miss this exhilarating conversation about what's happening in Hong Kong, and resistance to state control.

Hosted by Zing Tsjeng. 

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“This is the historic fight of our era. And we will not back down.”


Denise Ho

A pop star becomes an icon of defiance 

Since 2014's Umbrella Revolution, Hong Kong's civil disobedience movement against Chinese state control has been escalating. Cantopop singer, Denise Ho's, song, Raise the Umbrella, became an anthem of the movement, leading to her arrest, making her a prominent figure in anti government protest. 

But Ho's fight is also personal. After coming out as a lesbian in 2012, she was dropped by her record label, barred from performing, and delisted from streaming platforms. Her solution? Start her own label. Crowdfund her concerts. Become an even bigger star.

Now a high profile LGBTQI and human rights activist, Ho continues to radically speak out. Join this seasoned freedom fighter as she confronts Hong Kong's current political reality, and explores the personal cost of resistance.

Cheat sheet: Denise Ho

Five songs that turned the Cantopop icon from pop singer to protester.

More about Denise Ho

Denise Ho is an award winning Hong Kong based singer, actress, and pro-democracy and LGBTQ rights activist. She publicly announced she was gay in 2012, becoming the first mainstream female singer in Hong Kong to come out of the closet. Ho was a staunch supporter of the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, and was arrested for taking part in the nonviolent pro-democracy protests. Despite pressure from the Chinese government, Ho continues to speak out for democracy in Hong Kong and LGBTQ rights globally.

More about the moderator  

Zing Tsjeng is VICE Media UK's Executive Editor. She has debated at Telegraph Women events, appeared on Late Night Woman's Hour and written for Dazed, the Guardian and Broadly. She also presents documentaries for VICE – 1.2 million YouTube users watched her video, Acid Attacks. Her book series, Forgotten Women, profiles the women who shaped and were erased from our history. You can follow her on Twitter at @misszing, where she can be found tweeting angry political commentary and slightly less angry memes.

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