Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Sunday, Jan 29, 2023

Hong Kong political writer Lee Yee dies at 86

Hong Kong political writer Lee Yee dies at 86

Prominent writer and commentator Lee Yee died at 86 in Taiwan, his family said.
Lee died Wednesday morning in Taipei, his daughters wrote in a Facebook statement. The media reported that Lee passed away at Cathay General Hospital, and his memorial service will be held on October 22.

In November last year, Lee stayed at National Taiwan University Hospital due to myocardial infarction, and he had an angioplasty -- a medical procedure to stretch open a narrowed or blocked artery.

On December 24, Lee posted on his Facebook page that he had largely recovered.

He posted on Facebook almost daily under the title "A loser's memoir," with the last one dated September 16.

His last post was made on September 19, which wrote: "The writer is sick. A loser's memoir will be suspended for several days. (He is) fine. Friends need not be concerned."

Lee was "Hong Kong's Voltaire", an "archetype of a liberal intellectual" who sided with the powerless and spoke up for freedom and common sense, Hong Kong columnist Chip Tsao wrote on Facebook.

Born in Guangzhou in 1936, Lee moved to Hong Kong as a teenager and was caught up in the nationalist fervour of the time, eventually landing an editorial role at a 1970s leftist magazine.

During the first several years, the magazine was pro-communist, but Lee eventually changed his stance and began to criticize the Communist Party in his publication -- a rare conversion among his cohort of writers.

By the 2000s, he was in charge of the editorial page of the now-shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. At the same time, he hosted book recommendation programs at public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong.

As Hong Kong's democracy movement grew, Lee split with some of his peers by backing younger, more radical activists that China deems subversive.

After Hong Kong saw massive and sometimes violent democracy protests in 2019, Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law that targeted dissent.

Lee bade farewell to his Apple Daily column saying that the security law exerted a "concrete pressure" that he had not encountered in 60 years of writing.

He then moved to Taiwan and continued regularly publishing on his Facebook page.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
China is opening up for foreign investors.
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
China relaxes 'red lines' on property sector borrowing in policy pivot
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder
Vietnam removes two deputy PMs amid anti-corruption campaign
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
China’s recovery could add 1% to Australia’s GDP: JPMorgan 
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
China vows to strengthen financial support for enterprises: official
International medical experts speak out against COVID-19 restrictions on China
2 Billion People To Travel In China's "Great Migration" Over Next 40 Days
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
Flight constraints expected to weigh on China travel rebound
Billionaire Jack Ma relinquishes control of Ant Group
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
Teslas now over 40% cheaper in China than US
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
China seeks course correction in US ties but will fight ‘all forms of hegemony’, top diplomat Wang Yi says
China will boost spending in 2023
African traders welcome end of China’s Covid travel curbs
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
Preparations begin for Spring Festival travel rush
Domestic COVID-19 drug effective in trial
HK to see a full recovery, John Lee says in New Year message
Bargain hunters flock to last day of Hong Kong brands and products expo
Hong Kong aims for January 8 reopening of border with mainland China
Chinese Revenge Travelers Will Steer Clear of a Hostile US
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
2023 Will Be the Year of the Electric SUV
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules