Bad luck? Lost job? Coronavirus outbreak? Hong Kong’s ‘villain-hitters’ beat all fears away

Villain-hitting ceremony
Grandma Leung waves a flaming item around to ward off bad luck as she prepares to do a ceremony called “villain hitting.” She is one of many such practitioners in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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Alice Su is a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times based in Beijing, China.