Causeway Bay Books set to reopen in Taipei

Local | 17 Jul 2017 6:00 pm

Hong Kong's Causeway Bay Books is planning to reopen in Taipei next year, according to its former manager Lam Wing-kei, local media reports said.

The bookstore was forcefully closed last year following the detention of five of its staff, including Lam, by China.

"[The reopening] is symbolic of the resistance against China in the spirit of Causeway Bay Books,” Lam said in an interview with the Chinese-language Liberty Times, the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times.

The store is to be sponsored by a Hong Kong democracy group that wished to remain anonymous and whose leader participated in the pro-democracy protest in the city on July 1, Lam said.

The sponsor wants a swift reopening, but the "timing is not ideal,” because "Taiwanese independent bookstores fare worse than their Hong Kong counterparts,” Lam said, referring to a famed bookstore in Tainan that folded in April and another in Taipei that is facing a financial crisis.

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