Fundraising to reopen HK Causeway Bay Books in Taiwan hits target

Taipei, Dissident Hong Konger Lam Wing-kee (???), who arrived in Taiwan in April, reached his target Friday for the funding he needs to bring back to life Causeway Bay Books, the Hong Kong bookstore he operated that sold titles critical of Beijing.

Lam hit his goal of raising NT$2.8 million (US$89,689) -- a target he initially expected to reach by Nov. 5, at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, just 20 hours after he launched the fundraising event on the online fundraising platform flyingv for his new bookstore.

Lam issued an open letter on the Facebook fan page "Causeway Bay Books Taiwan" Friday to express his gratitude for the support.

"In the future, please give me the opportunity to thank you personally," he wrote.

Planning to open the bookshop in Ximending, one of Taipei's most popular tourist spots, the dissident wanted by China said on his fundraising page that "what Causeway Bay Bookstore cannot do or was prohibited from doing in Hong Kong will be carried out in free Taiwan."

Lam said he could have chosen to keep a low profile for the rest of his life, but decided to reopen the bookstore because he felt that only by enhancing a generation of cultural competency through reading will they be able to defy dictatorship.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel