Another factor in the negative view of the Mainland and the Communist Party, in particular, by Hong Kong's younger generations can be traced to the make-up of the HK people themselves. A large percentage of them are direct decedents of people who fled the Mainland either to escape the Japanese or, an even larger number, who fled the chaos and violence of the Maoist era. Also, if the Mainland is such a wonderful place to live, why do a majority of China's wealthiest citizens leave and never return, settling in Hong Kong, the US, England, Canada, Australia, and other places that have both free markets, a high standard of living, and robust democratic institutions? They also chose to have their off spring educated in the West and many of them never return to China. I hardly think Apple Daily's ideology is the cause of the flight of the wealthy and privileged from China. I wonder how much of Ma's personal wealth from Alibaba is parked off shore in places that the PRC can never touch?
I guess the question I have is: why would civil disobedience look exactly the same in early 20th century India, mid-20th century segregated America, and early 21st century Hong Kong. The societies, laws, social mores, and historical realities of each instance of social disobedience campaigns are significantly different. Also, to reduce the Civil Rights campaign in the US to Martin Luther King, Jr. leading a bus boycott is ludicrous. The Civil Rights movement began in the early 20th century by the formation of the NAACP. There was a lengthy grassroots movement in place long before MLK started the protests that eventually led to the overturning of segregation laws and the passing of the Voting Rights Act. If HK journalists are going to throw around history in their articles, they had better do more research than they seem to be doing to have what they write sound even remotely credible. If I was your prof grading your article, you'd get a D and sent back to the library to do more research before I would accept your essay, Fanny Fung and Jeffie Lam.
Be sure and watch the video interview with Denise Ho. She says that the writers and artists originally thought they could provide workshops or other encouragement to the occupiers but, when they arrived on the scene, they discovered that the people were already doing what the professional artists and writers were envisioning. In the end, it is they who learned from the people, not the other way around.
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|
|Hometown||St. Louis, MO|
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