The Story of 2019: Hong Kong’s ‘Be Water’

By NTD Newsroom

“Be water” is late martial artist Bruce Lee’s philosophy popularized in the early 1970s. It was used by pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong in 2019.

Taking the concept further, protesters created four principles:

Be strong like ice—when confronted by police or violent vigilante groups.

Be fluid like water—when escaping through the city’s narrow streets.

Gather like dew—for “flash-mob” protests that are hard to prepare for.

And, scatter like mist—to avoid arrest, and be able to fight for another day.