DIY Media-Making for Social Change: Hong Kong’s Ethnic Minority Youth Speak Back to Exclusion and Call for Social Action Through Cellphilms

  • Casey Burkholder


Hong Kong’s 2014 Occupy Movement brought its citizens and residents—both Chinese and ethnic minorities—to the streets in an effort to protest growing Mainland Chinese influence and express a call for increased democratic measures in the territory. Through a participatory visual research project among four ethnic minority youth using semi-structured interviews and DIY media-making with cellphilms (cellphone + filmmaking), the findings indicate that participating in and responding to the Occupy Movement encouraged ethnic minority youth to feel an increased sense of inclusion and belonging in the territory—where they have grown up and studied feeling excluded and isolated.


Cellphilms Ethnic minorities Hong Kong Social change Youth 


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  • Casey Burkholder
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  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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