Lam Wing-kee

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Lam wearing a blue cap in 2017
Lam Wing-kee
Traditional Chinese林榮基
Simplified Chinese林荣基

Lam Wing-kee (Chinese: 林榮基) is the former owner and current manager of Causeway Bay Books, a Hong Kong bookshop most well known for its provision of politically-related publications. Lam was detained by non-Hong Kong Disciplined Services in October 2015 as part of the disappearances of several bookshop owners; the Central Case Examination Group let him go to Hong Kong in June 2016 to fetch information.[1] When asked whether he can see that the government of Hong Kong has protected them ("見不見到特區政府有保護過你們"), he replied "No".[2]

His position/view on Hong Kong independence is ambiguous.[3] In a Canadian interview, he said

Freedom is not all-powerful, freedom is always relative. You have the freedom of expression of course, but there is also a restriction. For instance, you like to sing at night while the neighbor is sleeping causing disturbance, then has your freedom affected others? ("自由不是萬能,自由永遠是相對。當然你有表達的自由,但都是有規限,譬如夜晚你喜歡唱歌,隔壁人家睡覺,你吵到人家,如此你的自由是否影響到人家呢?"[4])

In April 2019 Lam moved to Taiwan in response to the proposed Hong Kong extradition bill.[5]


  1. ^ "The Bookseller's Decision". China Change. 2016-12-31. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  2. ^ "The Pulse:Causeway Bay Bookstore book seller Lam Wing-kee spoke out, discussion with Albert Ho & Wil 3:17". YouTube. RTHK. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "林榮基的秘密:嗰日食完三支煙之後……". 眾新聞. 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  4. ^ "週一祥談 EP184: 店長談「法治」與「人權」 - Part2 1:45". YouTube. LS TIMES TV. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  5. ^ "Bookseller Lam Wing-kee leaves Hong Kong for Taiwan, fearing proposed extradition law will mean he is sent to mainland China". Retrieved 11 June 2019.