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Who’s Who-Joshua Wong, The Face of Hong Kong’s Protest


Photo: Alex Hofford, epa

Photo: Alex Hofford, epa

Joshua Wong isn’t old enough to vote, but the skinny, bespectacled 17-year-old has become the face of one of the biggest pro-democracy protests Hong Kong has ever seen.

In the past seven days, there have been more than 23,000 mentions of “Joshua Wong” on Twitter, according to social analytics firm Topsy.

Here’s what we know about the wunderkind:

He co-founded Scholarism, one of the groups at the center of the protests

At 14, Wong co-founded the student-run pro-democracy movement Scholarism. Scholarism is one of the main campaign groups involved in the Hong Kong protests, along with Occupy Central with Love and Peace and the Federation of Hong Kong Students. At 15, Wong led a successful public fight against Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying’s plan to introduce “national education,” a controversial curriculum of patriotic material that critics said favored China’s ruling Communist Party. The South China Morning Post reported that Scholarism’s account on Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging service, has been frozen. The group’s Facebook page has more than 280,000 followers. Click to Read More

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