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The defiant 25-year-old woman at the heart of Hong Kong’s political meltdown

au Wai-ching, the youngest woman ever elected to Hong Kong’s legislature and a strong supporter of the city’s autonomy from mainland China, has earned the nickname of “Rough-Mouth Sister” through her use of profanity. She described herself as lacking “particularly eye-catching grades” and as a reader of Chinese classics rather than a TV watcher. Now her controversial actions at her oath-taking ceremony have thrown her political position into question while raising the ire of some of her peers and Beijing.
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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