Mantai Chow

Mantai Chow

Mantai is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a Senior Video Producer at the South China Morning Post. Prior to studying at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he was the principal reporter of Radi

o Television Hong Kong.

Hundreds in Hong Kong don Guy Fawkes masks in protest
Hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered on Tuesday night a month since the introduction of a mask ban in Hong Kong, marching through the tourist hotspot of Tsim Sha Tsui. Police deployed a water cannon to disperse the crowd. Many demonstrators wore the smiling masks made famous by the 2005 dystopian film V for Vendetta. The masks commemorate Guy Fawkes, a British figure whose failed bid to blow up parliament in 1605 is remembered in the UK every year on November 5. In recent years, the masks have become a familiar sight at protests around the world.
Hundreds in Hong Kong don Guy Fawkes masks in protest
‘President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong!’
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters – some waving American flags – filled Hong Kong streets on Monday night to ask the US government and President Trump for help. They urged the US Congress to pass a bill that would sanction and penalize Beijing and Hong Kong officials deemed to have suppressed “basic freedoms” in the city.
‘President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong!’
Hong Kong protesters defy anti-mask law
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend. Many wearing masks, they defied a new anti-mask law introduced by the city’s leader, who invoked emergency powers as demonstrations grew increasingly violent.
Hong Kong protesters defy anti-mask law
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong
Downtown Hong Kong descended into chaos on Sunday as anti-government demonstrations entered their 17th straight week. Violent clashes took place two days before the People’s Republic of China marks 70 years since its founding. More protests are expected before and during the anniversary.
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong
Hongkongers boo Chinese anthem at soccer game
Hong Kong soccer fans decided to show their support for protesters at a recent World Cup qualifying match between Hong Kong and Iran. Before the match started, Hong Kong fans booed the Chinese national anthem. Fans also sang a new anthem of the Hong Kong protests, “Glory to Hong Kong,” during the match, as unrest in the city entered its 14th week.
Hongkongers boo Chinese anthem at soccer game
On the front line with Hong Kong’s protesters
Hong Kong has been rocked by more than 13 weeks of protests, which have increasingly led to clashes between police and protesters. On the front line of these confrontations are mostly young people, many of them students or fresh out of school. Without a clear leadership in the movement, the demonstrators are figuring out their own ways to make their voices heard.
On the front line with Hong Kong’s protesters
Police fire shot, water cannons in Hong Kong protests
For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, a police officer fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators on Sunday. Earlier in the day, police also deployed water cannons for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.
Police fire shot, water cannons in Hong Kong protests
Hundreds protest student arrest with laser show
Hundreds have rallied at a tourist hotspot in Hong Kong to demand the release of a student arrested for carrying laser pointers. Keith Fong, president of Hong Kong Baptist University’s student union, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possessing “offensive weapons.” The university's faculty, students and alumni of the university held rallies to condemn the police for spreading “white terror” and demanded Fong’s release. Laser pointers have been commonly seen in anti-government protests in Hong Kong, apparently to confuse police officers or deter bystanders from taking photographs that could help to identify protesters.
Hundreds protest student arrest with laser show
Feel the burn of China’s national spirit
Baijiu is the most-consumed spirit in the world, but most of those drinkers are in China. Producers of the spirit want to change that. Although people drank some 2.7 billion gallons of baijiu in 2018, efforts to take “China’s national drink” abroad have so far failed to take off. Yet distilleries in China remain optimistic they can follow the path to international fame taken by once-obscure drinks such as vodka and tequila. Watch the video above to find out more.
Feel the burn of China’s national spirit
Hong Kong’s struggle against forgetting
Thirty years have passed since the Tiananmen Square crackdown, where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were gunned down in the middle of Beijing by Chinese troops. Many people in Hong Kong still vividly recall joining a million-strong march in the city to support the student movement in Beijing. In the decades since the crackdown, pro-democracy advocates have called for justice for the demonstrators. Letting go of their memories is not an option. Watch the video above.
Hong Kong’s struggle against forgetting