This is one of the few posts that is quite ‘political’, I should say very personal.
I was a young thing during ‘89.6.4. It was the first time I am part of a massive crowd in protest. I was also 1 of 10,000,000+ people, ie 1/7? of the population, orderly, peacefully walking for hours, through the heart of the city to fight for the civil liberties of a tiny place on earth we call home. Last few days, teenagers went on hunger strikes, retirees, teachers, parents, citizens…went on hunger strikes. Massive crowds in the city wore black in 30+ midsummer weather. I wore every piece of black I had in my summer closet. I did wear a black tee to work…I had never worn a tee to work, but it was more my personal thing and it’s Fri. I did get a few concerned look and questions since it’s only customary for a passing in family during the lunar Seventh month (the ghost festival/most ‘yin’ month, it’s ‘bad luck inducing’ to wear all black. I just go for practicality…black is humanly insufferable in summer, we all agree.) Some of my relatives are pro-PRC, some are not. That’s the beauty of freedom. I met a professor who left his tenure post taking asylum in a little university town, the university i attended, and I pestered him to teach our Mandarin class to sing March of the Volunteers properly (It has the most lovely lyrics of national anthems tbh) and I still can sing every word in my most proper Mandarin.
I’ve read pages from the syllabus of the ‘National Education’ ie political indoctrination that is going to be mandatory for grade school kids in HK sooner or later. I am not a mother, I do not live in HK, but still my blood boils. It is not the teaching and singing of National anthem in schools, or glorified history of the ruling party that is bothering me the most, but it’s the miasma of falsehood and lies that is going to be passing around from these national ed textbooks, through the teaching by teachers….to the children. Some are so far from the truth no one is gonna mistaken it, not even a 5 yo…BUT having a mandatory class period wk after wk, yr afte yr on reading about fabricated patriotism…and it is conducted by an authoritative figure such as our grade school Teachers, it will plant a seed of unmeasurable harm of oblivion to truths, at least to some, and even if it’s just ONE child, it’s one too many, stifling his/her ability for individual critical thinking. What is more damaging and can seep into all walks of life, all facets of life as education of our children? Let me ask sth quite stupid and obvious…where would Marxism be if not from an individual line of thoughts from the head of Carl Marx?
These pics made me cry, the most gorgeous human beauty to my eyes these few days:
Organizers said there are 120,000 in attendance of the night vigil. The visual is stunningly a TONNE of people spending the whole night in the street. This is the crowd promptly making way for an ambulance to attend to someone who’s fainted in the heat.
A few youngsters volunteer in cleaning the public toilets in the area, they make their Moms very very proud:
Some spent the night playing loving jazz
An anon grannie dropped off a bucket of homemade pear soup, a lovely medicinal tonic good for the throat to the protestors.
There were several accounts of taxi drivers chauffeuring for free.
And all sorts of donated lovely food:
this is fr London:
Back to HK:
Not related but still, too beautiful for words and moving me to tears… This is Andy Lau hugging 蘇華偉 who has won gold medals in the paralympics representing HK since 1996. Mr. So works at an office job for Andy’s company for a living…but he took a year of paid leave training for the event. Andy, his boss, was there cheering him on, and this is the moment they share a hug. *sobbbb*