‘A breath of relief’: Hong Kong exile artists find their feet, and a way forward, in Taiwan

Like so many others in recent months, manga artist Tony Lau packed up his Hong Kong life this summer and bid his friends and family farewell.

The moment he touched down on Taiwanese soil “was a breath of relief,” said the 31-year-old, who arrived in Taipei in mid-July. He had been very open about his plans to leave in the months before his departure. But he kept the details of his travel secret, afraid he would not be allowed to leave.

Tony Lau. Photo: Rhoda Kwan/HKFP.

Days before Beijing imposed its national security law (NSL) on Hong Kong, Lau had published “A Fallen City,” a volume of sketches and scenes captured during the 2019 pro-democracy protests. Lau’s other drawings illustrating Hong Kong’s post-NSL political transformation  popped up regularly on social media in the following months.


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