Anna Kwok is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC), a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and Hong Kongers in the United States. Under her leadership, HKDC advances Hong Kongers’ fight for basic human rights by fostering a coherent and collaborative community. This is done through its three pillars of work: policy advocacy, diaspora empowerment, and research and education. HKDC actively monitors and documents the plight of political prisoners, as well as the Hong Kong government’s attempts to influence American businesses and foreign policies. The organization is sanctioned and censored by the PRC and HKSAR governments.
During Hong Kong’s 2019 protests, Kwok was an anonymous activist behind major international campaigns. From publicly pleading global leaders to “Stand With Hong Kong” at the G20 Summit to broadcasting real-time police locations for on-the-ground protesters, Kwok’s experience epitomizes the grassroots forces of global Hong Kongers in the decentralized movement.
In 2022, two years after the enactment of the National Security Law, Kwok decided to publicize her identity and personal story against the tides of widespread fear among Hong Kongers abroad. Her action affirms Hong Kongers’ determination to fight for freedom and democracy.
Anna Kwok: Reflection on Hong Kong's Pain & Freedom: Our Movement is Our Future | 2022 OsloFF in NY