NüVoices is an international editorial collective gathering veteran and emerging writers, journalists, translators and artists to celebrate and support the diverse creative work of self-identified women working on the subject of China (broadly defined). More women are writing about China, doing business in China and generally doing interesting things in China than ever before, and they want more of their voices to be heard. Their includes a directory of more than 500 female experts on Greater China, a twice-monthly podcast regularly features women’s and minorities’ voices on a range of topical issues, and an online magazine that regularly publishes narrative essays, event reviews, articles, multimedia projects and other original content.
In January 2020, the Hong Kong Protests: Behind the Frontlines photo essay series was featured on their website, showcasing the ongoing pro-democracy and anti-police demonstrations that have engulfed the city since June 2019. Initially triggered by the introduction of a now-withdrawn extradition bill, the movement is rooted in a greater fear of the erosion of democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory, with protesters rallying behind “Five Demands.” These demands call for an investigation into police brutality and misconduct, the release of arrested protestors, a complete retraction of the official characterization of the protests as “riots” (a charge that can carry a jail term of up to ten years), the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the universal suffrage. The following imagines offer a glimpse into moments from behind the frontlines of the movement that has dominated international headlines now for over half a year.