Petula Sik Ying Ho is a Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Her English-language books include Women Doing Intimacy: Gender, Family, and Modernity in Britain and Hong Kong (co-authored with Stevi Jackson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Love and Desire in Hong Kong (co-authored with Ka Tat Tsang, Hong Kong University Press, 2012). In Chinese, she published I Am Ho Sik Ying, 55 Years Old (我係何式凝: 今年五十五, Joint Publishing, 2013) and Everyday Life in the Age of Resistance (抗命時代的日常, Red Publish, 2015). Her research projects explore the use of documentary film and multimedia theatre to integrate art and scholarship.
This essay analyses the politics of the Hong Kong protest movement and the displacement of feminism within it. It highlights the emergence of an internal rift between ‘Left in form, Right in essence’ (形左實右) feminists and ‘Leftard’ (左膠) feminists (those who refuse to move to the Right), which, along with the suppression of dissent within the protest movement, ultimately led to the collapse of Hong Kong feminism.