Localist Edward Leung said he would be going to Harvard University in January as a research assistant and continue his studies for a postgraduate program if possible.
Leung, a member of Hong Kong Indigenous party, said he hopes he can explore more opportunities in the United States before his judicial review in January 2018 on his disqualification to run for the legislature in September, standnews.com reports.
In a webcast Tuesday, Leung said he has not made a public appearance since the oath-taking fiasco involving Youngspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching.
He denied being behind Sixtus Leung and Yau as a “puppet master” during their swearing-in saga but said they should have the freedom to make their own decisions.
On Monday, Edward Leung clashed with former governor Chris Patten during a University of Hong Kong forum in which the latter said independence is not the answer to Hong Kong’s problems.
Leung said there’s a need for persuasive tactics in pushing a political concept, especially when most Hong Kong people are liberal rather than radical.
As to the disqualified duo, Leung said he is “very sympathetic” toward their status, regardless of what others say.
He said that now there is no clear timeline for a revolution or a framework for making Hong Kong a country.
Hong Kong Indigenous as a group has no clear direction either, he said.
Leung said his Harvard research topic will be a comparison between Hong Kong and Taiwan’s nativist movements and independence activities as a tool to revolt against the government.
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