Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Bookseller Lam Wing-kee’s son crosses into China to ‘test’ if he will be detained

Phoenix Lam, the son of recently returned bookseller Lam Wing-kee, has said that he will travel to the mainland on Monday.

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Phoenix Lam. Photo: Facebook.

“Let’s see whether a Hong Kong person – who is not involved in the book business, and did not send books to anywhere – will be detained unreasonably,” he wrote. He said on Facebook that he believed he will not be stopped.

Phoenix runs a design business, and said in the post that he was not working with his father, and that he was looking for part-time jobs due to his family’s economic situation. Though he did not explain the reason behind his trip to the mainland, he reported that he had successfully crossed the border at 6:20pm.

In a reply to HKFP, he said he had notified his father of his trip. Asked if his father warned him not to go, he added that “our generation does not usually listen to advice of our fathers.”

He said that a friend will post on Facebook for him to confirm his safety.

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Once-missing Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee gestures as he speaks to reporters during an interview in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Building on June 19, 2016. Photo: EyePress/Martin Chiu.

Last week, Lam told HKFP that he had a “separate life” to his son.

Lam is the founder of Causeway Bay Books. Last week, he returned to Hong Kong and exposed details of his detention on the mainland, saying that he was kidnapped from Shenzhen and detained in Ningbo last October by a Chinese “special unit”. He said he was forced to make a televised confession and was sent to Shaoguan to work at a library. Lam’s locations were not known publicly until his revelations.

Bookseller Lam Wing-kee's son crosses into China to 'test' if he will be detained