Date
20 November 2017
Yvonne Leung says instant fame made her realize how much people meant to her. She has decided to be a human rights lawyer. Photo: HKEJ
Yvonne Leung says instant fame made her realize how much people meant to her. She has decided to be a human rights lawyer. Photo: HKEJ

Yvonne Leung: Why politics is not for this rising star

Television viewers remember her as the articulate, well-versed student panelist during last week’s protest talks.

And why wouldn’t she be?

Yvonne Leung, a leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), is studying to be a lawyer and her dream is to be a politician.

After a brief brush with fame, however, she decided the limelight is not for her, neither is politics, even though many see her as a rising star.

Leung’s change of heart came when she realized how an hour of exposure on the student panel during talks with government officials on the democracy protests made her think how much people meant to her.

That moment, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer — a human rights lawyer, she told Ming Pao Daily.

Leung, 21, is a double major in politics and law in the University of Hong Kong where she is the president of the student union.

She said being part of the student movement gave her a chance for introspection.

Among the things she found out about herself is that she sees things in black and white where a politician might see gray areas.

She does not mind her instant celebrity, even the occasional question about her love life (she has no boyfriend).

In one instance, she was mobbed by fellow protesters who recognized her when she visited Mong Kok, a key protest site, after the talks.

When she next checked her Facebook page, it was heaving with 6,000 followers and several thousand likes.

Being hailed as a “goddess” by other students and the media made ordinary Hong Kong people curious about her.

But Leung is leaving all that for the gravity and quiet of a classroom.

She said she will leave her HKFS post in three months and two weeks but she will continue to be part of the social movement as a private citizen.

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