HKFP Year in Review: Our best, exclusive interviews of 2021

From Hong Kong’s Olympic champion to dissidents, pro-government political veterans, musicians and filmmakers, Hong Kong Free Press met dozens of public figures and ordinary Hongkongers alike in exclusive interviews that captured the zeitgeist of the city in 2021. Below are our favourites of the year. 

Edgar Cheung. Photo: Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.

Fencer Edgar Cheung, Hong Kong’s first Olympic gold medallist since 1996, told HKFP he credited his success partly to using meditation videos on YouTube. They helped him ride through critical moments and move beyond bottlenecks in his career as a professional sportsman.

Kimberley Chen. Photo: Supplied.

Australian singer Kimberley Chen’s runaway hit song Fragile with Malaysian singer Namewee, which satirises the sensibilities of Chinese nationalist keyboard warriors, garnered over 36 million views on YouTube. The singer told HKFP how she decided to “stand on the right side of history” and speak in her true voice despite China’s censorship.

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