“I don’t think the student leaders have any say about how this movement will end. If the goods are not delivered, this movement is not going to end. These kids are fighting for their own future.”
“I’ve been working in the media for so long, so I’m supposed to understand the people. But I tell you, I don’t. I don’t understand them. Their potential power and fighting spirit is something I’ve just discovered. It’s amazing.”
When Lai asked his son why he and his Western university educated friends joined the street occupation in Mongkok, his answer was simple: ‘for us it’s very simple. We only have one choice: either we fight until the last breath we have, and keep this place our home, or we emigrate.’”
“These kids …” he said, trailing off.
“They were born with Western values, grew up with Western values, and act and understand the world through Western values,” Lai said. “They’re not answering to any leader, but the desperation in their hearts.”
He added that their values—freedom of speech and thought, open government, transparent dealings—could just as well be called universal values.
“The mainland values, mainland controls, political mechanisms—they can’t accept that political system. They can’t accept the mainland value system. They can’t accept the way that things function in the mainland. They just can’t.”
“All the momentum and power rests with these students. A lot of people think that after a while it will peter out and thin down, but the reverse is true: the more we fight, the more people understand the ideas and get affected and moved by it, and see the possibility.”
"With current CE Leung Chun-ying seen as a Beijing lackey, a legislature controlled by Establishment figures and an economy dominated by tycoons, ordinary citizens have little choice but to turn to the streets to be heard.
China’s rulers and their Hong Kong proxies should listen, if only out of self-interest. Democracy is no panacea, but it makes those in power more accountable to the citizenry. To the argument that China would not allow more freedom in Hong Kong because it would create a precedent for the Chinese mainland and threaten the ruling Communist Party, the right response is that it’s about time Beijing understands the aspirations of some of its people."
According to China, I am now an "official foreign meddler for my support of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. Rarely has something meant as condemnation made me so proud!
:...he key to China's soft power hinges on modernizing Chinese culture instead of marketing its ancient heritage.
Such cultural modernization includes not only more appealing cultural products and business innovations, but also fundamental reforms in the Chinese body politic.
To paraphrase the wise words of Confucius, perhaps Chinese leaders should worry less about having little soft power abroad and more about building up a prosperous, free, and just society at home."
Joshua Wong of Scholarism, one of the student leaders of the protests in Hong Kong, appealing for international support for the Hong Kong Umbrella (democracy) movement. The June 4th Event he refers to is more commonly known as the Tianamen Square Massacre in the West.
A clear explanation in English of this important group of cultural figures and their role in Hong Kong during this critical time.
In Memoriam Leslie Cheung 1956-2003 Our Leslie, beautiful like a flower. I love you today and always-- a part of my heart beats for you alone, tonight a ...Read more
|Favorite Books||3, 000 Years of Chinese Painting, poetry of Lee Yung-Li, the novels of Henry James, too many art history and flamenco books to mention|
|Favorite Music||Flamenco, Leslie Cheung, Baroque, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Daniel Lanois, Javier Garcia, Celia Cruz, Ricardo Arjona, Chambao|
|City Other||North Carolina|
|School||University of Chicago, University of North Carolin|
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