In a city where China has made some ideas suddenly dangerous, people are trying to figure out where the boundaries lie, and how their lives have changed.
Vivian WangThe security law has visibly changed Hong Kong. Chinese flags appeared overnight, protest ones vanished.
Even some who favor the law fear the price. If HK lost the right to protest, a mainland transplant told me, “I would feel deeply, deeply regretful.”
Millions of protesters have been forced or have chosen to stay at home, and organizers wonder when, if and how they will be able to resume.
Vivian WangFrom Hong Kong to India to Lebanon, the coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people to reimagine the act of protest.
W/ @Abihabib and @VivianHYee, as well as colleagues in Chile, Iraq, Egypt, Colombia, Bolivia, and Ecuador
After the pandemic subsides, whether Beijing is praised or pilloried could determine the fate of its ambitions for global leadership.
Vivian WangChina’s global propaganda machine is in full swing and getting some results. Exhibit A: Cardi B recently asked why the US government hadn’t done what Wuhan did, apparently after watching a documentary by Chinese state media
In the city where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported, the reopening of outbound travel won’t end hard times, wariness or confinement.
Vivian WangAs of 10 minutes ago, Wuhan’s lockdown has lifted, & people can leave for the first time in 2+ months.
But neighborhoods remain locked down, fear is widespread and normalcy is far away. A glimpse into the future for the rest of the world. W @zhonggg
The young medical professionals came down with fevers. Within weeks, they were both lying in hospital beds, hooked up to IVs or oxygen machines.
Vivian WangBoth were 29-year-old medical workers. Both lived in Wuhan. Neither told their children when they got sick.
Only one survived.
How two women’s stories show the unpredictability and heartbreak of the coronavirus, by @suilee and me
Two video bloggers whose dispatches from the heart of the outbreak showed fear, grief and dissatisfaction with the government have gone silent.
Vivian WangFor a few weeks, some of the most distinctive voices out of Wuhan came from two video bloggers, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, who shared on-the-ground footage of pain, grief and terror caused by the coronavirus.
Now, they're both missing.
An alleged leak to Mr. Cuomo, a phone call from a top legislative aide and a prolonged investigation are at the heart of Albany’s latest ethics dispute.
Vivian WangNew: At least two JCOPE commissioners were never interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation of an alleged leak from the ethics commission.
The IG’s office wouldn’t say how many were interviewed
The state party chairman, an ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, wants to quintuple the number of votes that a political party needs to secure a ballot line.
Vivian WangNY’s Dem Party chair privately pushed to quintuple ballot requirements for third parties, which would cripple the WFP & all other minor parties except the Conservatives.
When I asked him about that, he said, “I can see that that could be problematic.”
New York paid Alexis Marquez’s salary. But when she sued over harassment, the state offered an unexpected defense: She was never a state employee.
Vivian WangNew York State paid her salary, and it was listed on tax forms as her employer.
But when she sued for workplace harassment, the state said she never worked for it.
I looked at a legal strategy the state uses when public officials are involved
In March, both states seemed days away from a landmark legalization deal. Now inertia is feeding doubts that it can happen this year.
Vivian WangNew: Legalized weed in NY and NJ seems all but dead this year, and Democrats are blaming each other for the delay.
All hope isn't lost though. NY lawmakers plan to introduce a new bill this week specifically tailored to win support from Cuomo. w @NYTnickc