This article, summarizing some of the art being produced in HK as part of the Umbrella Movement, hopefully will put to rest the myth (believed by too may in HK) that there is no art in HK.
The reference to Mao's 1942 speech to artists should not be taken lightly. Is Xi Jinping preparing for a major crackdown on members of the creative sector in the name of Communist ideology? Mao used this tactic over and over again to silence his critics and gain absolute control over the media and artistic production. Read about what life was like for artists in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in China. Discover how many of China's greatest artists were arrested, put under house arrest, lost any ability to make a living, with some of them even starving to death, all in the name of ideology. Xi knows artists in today's China, even if they were not alive during those highly repressive decades, understand where this could be going. I suspect a chill went through that audience when they heard Xi's speech.
Prestigious foreign correspondent detained by HK police while she was covering the situation with police and protesters in Mongkok. She was a war correspondent in Afghanistan. I guess the police don't know who they are dealing with. She is with Getty Images, a big player internationally. It is moves like this that encourages the foreign press corps to focus even more attention on Hong Kong.
According to interviews with six current and former Hong Kong and Chinese government officials, as well as experts in both countries, it is China’s leaders more than Hong Kong’s who have directed the broad outlines of the response here. With China’s needs foremost in mind, they have calibrated a careful balance between a steadfast refusal to give ground on the protesters’ demands for democratic elections and the need to avoid widespread bloodshed that would further destabilize the city, a global financial center.
President Xi Jinping of China, who is also the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, has been briefed at least once a day on developments in Hong Kong, according to two people involved in Hong Kong’s and Beijing’s decision making, one of many signs of Beijing’s intense interest and involvement.
“They treat it as a challenge to Beijing’s governing power in Hong Kong,” said Brian Fong Chi-hang, an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and a former city government official. “Because of this, I’m sure that the Chinese government has basically controlled the whole process.”
“I suspect the central government’s line to C.Y. is: no compromise on political reform, but also no bloodshed,” said Joseph Wong Wing-ping, a former senior official in Hong Kong. “The central government doesn’t like any substantial sign which may indicate or may suggest that they are willing to be a little bit soft.”
The Hong Kong and Chinese officials interviewed for this article spoke on condition of anonymity, citing strict bans by both governments on any public discussion of Beijing’s role here.
“Beijing has increasingly adopted a national security perspective towards Hong Kong issues,” said Mr. Fong, the former city official. “The overriding objective of the whole Communist regime now is how to preserve and stabilize Communist power. That’s the major agenda for the whole Chinese government. So because of this, they’ve changed their perspective towards Hong Kong issues.”
Despite what appeared to be an example of police brutality caught on video this past week, and allegations of possible financial impropriety that have also surfaced, Mr. Leung seems unlikely to lose his job.
On Wednesday, he won an unusually forthright endorsement from Beijing: a front-page commentary in People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s top newspaper. His handling of the protests has “won the full affirmation” of central leaders, said the paper.
Very perceptive analysis of the real roots of the demonstrations and divisions in Hong Kong now. The analysis is that with the current system--a restrictive government and freedom of the press, assembly, and protest--Hong Kong is ungovernable. There are two solutions to the problem--greater democracy, or the Mainland system of absolute control and oppression. Chilling analysis of the choice the CCP faces in solving the problems in Hong Kong. I fear that life for my friends in Hong Kong will become unbearable if Beijing introduces the kind of restrictions imposed on the Mainland since 1949.
Are some of Hong Kong's biggest artists being threatened by the Mainland propaganda machine in social media and with a formal ban of their work by the government?
Here is what Anthony Wong Chau Sang had to say about all of this:
"Speaking of starting a Hong Kong artist boycott operation, Wong Chau Sun who is currently working on location in the Mainland for the TVB series HIU HUNG responded on fb, "To the official media: if I have to betray my dignity for your bowl of rice, sorry, your bowl of rice costs too much. I cannot afford it, my entire family cannot afford it. On the other hand, for so many years I have only had your so-called bowl of rice twice, in addition they definitely did not come from you. Not to mention they were not given, I traded them with my own hard work. We are not beggars, we are art workers with a conscience. Supporting defiance is not using drugs and hiring prostitutes for 3P, it is not as dirty as what is in your brain! Save it to scare those backstabbers who are used to eating your dog food! I am a Hong Konger." Chau Sun said, "I didn't say anything about the Mainland, Hong Kong people mind Hong Kong matter. I am not minding Mainland stuff, I am following One Nation, Two Systems. This is another way to affect One Nation, Two Systems through oppression. I support Hong Kong defiance, I am not supporting Mainland defiance. If having this bowl of rice demands me to kowtow and have no dignity, this is not my profession. I make art, without dignity I would rather not eat this bowl of rice." As for the boycott against them, he said, "Oh well." "
A lot of activity in Cantonese social media in HK is summarized in this report for those of us who don't understand written Chinese as it is casually used by HK Canto speakers on social media (pretty much everyone not born and raised in HK, I think).
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