Observations From The SAR

Candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park

Hong Kong is a place defined by a dichotomic reality. After just three weeks, I’ve witnessed Hong Kong’s inner struggle firsthand: the juxtaposition of old and new, rich and poor, modernity and traditionalism.

And then, there was June 4.

To observe the importance of possessing the freedom to commemorate the June 4, 1989 crackdown by the Chinese government on protesters (mainly students) in Tiananmen Square was truly inspiring; so much so that I took a number of photographs for CNN.com. They can be viewed here.

To catalog my observations, I’ve set up a blog here which I plan to update throughout my stay in Hong Kong.

About bmgottli

Benjamin Gottlieb is an investigative reporter, photographer and multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles, California. Growing up alongside highway 101 in Sherman Oaks, California, Gottlieb got his start in journalism as the assistant editor of his high school publication, the Knightly Times. Gottlieb received his B.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009, with an emphasis on Middle Eastern socioeconomics and politics, and a minor in Multimedia Writing. During his time at UC Santa Barbara, Gottlieb spent three years as a staff reporter and news editor for his school’s daily newspaper, the Daily Nexus. Gottlieb took First Place for Best Feature Story of 2007 in the California College Media Awards for his piece detailing a weekend with the school’s Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. Gottlieb has interned at both the Santa Barbara Daily Sound and the award-winning alternative weekly, the Santa Barbara Independent. He remains a contributing writer for the Independent, and has published pieces on offshore drilling, prison reform and the 2009 California budget crisis. Gottlieb is currently a Director’s Scholar at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, pursuing a Masters of Arts in Online Journalism. He is also the senior news editor for USC Annenberg Digital News, a reporter for USC Annenberg Radio News and contributes to Patch.com through the One Square Mile project, an experiment in hyper-local reporting.
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