Canto-pop – Wedding Invitation Street

Canto-pop back in the 80s was so much more diverse than nowadays. Songwriters and lyric writers used to incorporate their political stand and observation of the social issues in their work. Beyond and Tak Ming Pair are two bands that are renown for such work. Sam Hui is another significant figure in this as well, just like the song I posted before.

Double Happiness, as many of you know, is a symbol in Chinese language that represents marriage. There was a small area in Wan Chai that was famous for the trade of printing wedding invitation, hence, it’s nickname Double Happiness Invitation Street. Unfortunately, in the name of urban renewal, this area was torn down and a number of lifeless skyscrapers were built and the area was turned into a Soho style zone. I can’t even imagine how difficult it is for the shop owners who practically raised their families by running a joyful business in the area, as for the couples who went to the area to make part of their lifelong memories together this is another loss of “collective memories”.

Double Happiness Invitation Street”, a more recent Canto-pop sung by Kay Tse is supposedly a love song, but a netizen did some magic by using some footages and created a new video, which remarkably made the lyrics resembles some of the local Hong Kongers’ feelings for the British rule and their discontent about the China governance. Instead of taking the face value of the lyrics, one can see the metaphors.

The netizen who created this video did a fantastic job on translating the lyrics, but I think a few tweaks would, perhaps, help translate the meanings better. Below is my translation, hope you’d enjoy before I go on further about my thoughts:

Double Happiness Invitation Street

Let go of the flowers you’ve planted, takeoff again and forget about your dreams

Don’t look back at the dusty wedding invitation, you’re about to move

If one manages to build, one must accept that it will fall eventually

In reality, there is not a type of stability or happiness that last for eternity

Same as this area, which was seen as the best in the world

But, out of the blue, all the units in the area are vacant and almost taken over by crows

The good times don’t last forever, whatever goes up must come down

The one you love, probably won’t be with you for the rest of your life

Perhaps, there is nothing to be afraid of.

Forget about the one you loved, the one whose name was hot-stamped in gold on the wedding invitation

The wall where the framed weeding picture was hung and the beautiful era will be torn down tomorrow

Forget about the home you once had, the little dining table, the sofa, the fridge and the two cups of breakfast tea

The sweet time was on lease, when the time is up it would have to be returned, correct?

It could not be delayed until the next generation, right?

Forget about the sand castle you built, the castle in memory will collapse in an instant

When facing the deserted land, you ought to learn to let go and move on

Tiles cannot resist abrasion, window frame cannot imprison the sunset

Is love enough to bound two forever?

Would another sigh of sorrow help?

Forget about the one you loved, the one whose name was hot-stamped in gold on the wedding invitation

The wall where the framed weeding picture was hung and the beautiful era will be torn down tomorrow

Forget about the home you once had, the little dining table, the sofa, the fridge and the two cups of breakfast tea

The sweet time was on lease, when the time is up it would have to be returned, correct?

The time will surely come. Please don’t be afraid.

Please let go of the keys (this line was not translated in the video clip, no reason was given by the creator of this clip)

Interesting to listen to the song with this video.

Many called the Hong Kongers, who miss the good old days when Hong Kong was under British rule, the British running dogs. They claim that Hong Kong is enjoying more freedom and democracy than when we were under the British rule. They even said “the Brits treated the Hong Kong people like dogs. What have they ever done to you that makes you so grateful for them?”

Before I say anymore, here’s a little clip I’d like to watch.

I am not saying that the Brits did nothing wrong, and frankly speaking Hong Kongers were always inferior to the Brits in Hong Kong. However, are things really that different nowadays? The Chinese are treating Hong Kongrs as some sort of debtors who must repay their debt. The debt we have to repay is the prosperity and freedom we enjoyed during British rule. Why is that our fault for China to suffer from Mao’s dictatorship? Why is it our responsibility to support China for eternity? As if the people of Hong Kong had not helped China enjoy – the amount of money and supplies we provided to our so-called relatives from 50s to 70s, and the investments Hong Kongers have made in China throughout the entire time.

The British government was trying to prepare the Hong Kongers for democracy, it was China who banned this and made sure that it would not happen even after the sovereignty was handed over. China has denied Hong Kong’s promised fully democratic election for both the governor/chief executive as well as the legislature.

The people of Hong Kong did not know better about democracy during the British rule, but now many have understood more and more about it. Another important thing is, Hong Kongers finally understand that a totalitarian communist country would never ever “give” us freedom and democracy. That’s why many of us do different things to try wake up the others. What is wrong to fight for democracy? What is wrong for even fighting for independence? Isn’t that human rights to choose what government they should have? The UN wants to decolonise the world, and ensures colonies to have self-determination. What about Hong Kong? What did the world do? What did the Brits do? What did the Chinese do?

Hong Kongers also are guilty. If we had fought for democracy instead of “accepting our fate”, none of China’s colonisation could have happened.

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Democracy in Hong Kong? Leungs Pratically Says “NEVER!”

People want democracy in Hong Kong? Simple answer is: as long as China continues to have sovereignty over Hong Kong, that’s impossible.

During an interview with Bloomberg, CY Leung basically admitted that China controls the way what “democratic election” is about:

Increased democracy in Hong Kong may lead to China’s refusal to appoint a leader elected by the city’s people

One Country Two System? A complete utter LIE from day one!

Put it quite simply: how could a communist dictatorship govern a city-state that’s semi-democratic (part of the legislature is elected by the people) and practices capitalism? Hong Kong courts practice Common Law, and all are innocent until proven guilty, and China is completely the opposite (guilty until proven innocent); education system: completely different; lifestyle: completely different; culture: share some similarities but not quite; etc.

Why did the Brits agreed to hand Hong Kong over to China is still a mystery. China never owned Hong Kong to start with! It was the Qing (translation from Chinese: Great Qing Country) who owned Hong Kong (HK Island and Kowloon Peninsular), which was ceded to England perceptually. The New Territories were leased to the Brits for 99 years (I hate keep repeating myself, but once again 99 years in Chinese language is the equivalent of eternity). If the Brits wanted to “hand Hong Kong back” to a country, they really should have gone to Taiwan which holds the treaties about the above because Kuomintang was the one that overthrew Qing.

In any case, the Brits should have known better that Chinese cannot be trusted (Hong Kongers aren’t Chinese – Chinese is a concept/term that is so vague which covers a lot of things the Western world refer to, which is a massive topic). They must have seen the impossibility of this “One-Country-Two-System” crap. What were the Old China Hands thinking? Do you honestly think that by living in China for a few years you’re able to understand Chinese? Have you read the famous book The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture by Bo Yang. It is such a shame that the book I Don’t Want to Be Chinese Again was not out earlier.

The UN allowed the Chinese to bully them over the issue of taking Hong Kong and Macau off the list of colonies in the 70s was beyond believe. All the nations in the UN are guilty for helping China to conolise Hong Kong. They should right their wrongs.

A friend forwarded this article to me which is very encouraging.

National Education Centre Asks Schools for Endorsement

Following on my previous post about National and Moral Education Curriculum, despite the fact that the Curriculum is quietly embedded in various subjects, the National Education Centre continues to work on establishing a new subject for students in Hong Kong in order to further brainwash children.

SupportNationalEducationAbove picture obtained from House News, for original article in Cantonese/Chinese, please refer to here.

The National Education Centre issued letters to all schools in Hong Kong, which provides a simple letter that says:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since the National Education Centre always strives to promote national education and national quality education, I am happy to support the Centre to continue servicing the education sector and its continuous operation.

Best regards,

____________

Cheung Yui-Fai, a liberal studies teacher, posted the letter onto the Facebook page of National Education Parents’ Concern Group. As a committee member of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, Cheung questioned the agenda behind the Centre’s letter – does this mean the biased National Education Curriculum is returning in full form (base on the “coincident” of the HKSAR government’s mentioned National Education in its Human Rights report which was submitted to the United Nation recently).

Cheung also added that the Centre has not done anything ever since the people won the “war” which forced the HKSAR government to “shelved” the curriculum.

On the second page of the letter issued by the Centre, a survey asked the schools if they have participate any of the activities organised by the Centre and what recommendations they have for the activities.

In the Human Rights report submitted to the United Nation, Chapter 2.21, says “This new initiative is expected to be implemented in the 2013/14 school year to further enhance the elements of national education”, and completely omitted the fact that the HKSAR government has announced the curriculum is shelved in September 2012.

Queen’s Road East – 90’s Canto-Pop

Queen’s Road East is a Canto-pop written in 1991, when Hong Kong’s future was determined by the British government and PRC government where Hong Kong people had absolutely no say. This song reflects the confusion of Hong Kongers and our fear for the Communist and PRC. If you watch the MTV carefully, you’d notice there are scenes of people and cars moving backward, a metaphor to symbolism that Hong Kong will go backward after the handover of sovereignty.

The lyrics is full of metaphor. Strongly illustrating Hong Kongers desperation and helplessness about our future.

Hope you’d enjoy the MTV and the lyrics translated below:

Queen’s Road West and Queen’s Road East
Queen’s Road East turns into Queen’s Road Central
Queen’s Road Central is crowded with people

Our royal friend is on the back of coins
Forever young and named the Queen
Follows me everywhere to do all sorts of trade
With an expressionless face that represents success

A dear friend leaves this big city and says goodbye
Have to rely on the comrades to create new ideas
Where properties are available everywhere, people carry on buying and selling
But Mong Kok* may have to change its name

This rightful friend is familiar and friendly
Hence, allowing horses to race only twice a week
People, therefore, naturally compete to cross the finishing line
If you wish to be a citizens of the great nation, all it requires is money

Our dear friend leaves this big city and says goodbye
Have to rely on the comrades to create new ideas
The hot and cold weather still affects this city
But we may have to seek help from people with supernatural power for a change of weather

Emptiness is form, form is emptiness**
Emptiness is form, form is emptiness…

This beautiful friend says goodbye in class
The same picture shown on TV every night
When the day of celebration comes, everyone has to applause
The respectable face on the back of coins turns into statues of martyrs

Our dear friend leaves this big city and says goodbye
Have to rely on the comrades to create new ideas
The railways, buses and taxis will run all the same
But one may not know the routes anymore

* Mong Kok is a famous district with lots of hawker stalls, but have changed massively because of the influx of PRC Chinese tourists

** A famous Buddhist quote

Chinese Being Discrimated by Hong Kongese – Wee in Public is Not Allowed!

A Chinese (a.k.a. Mainland Chinese) blogger complained about being discriminated by Hong Kongers! Summarising the story below:

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In his/her recent trip to Hong Kong, something very upsetting happened to him/her…
The blogger and his family (including his/her just over 2-year-old son) went to the Tsui Wah Restaurant (a famour local restaurant chain) on Carnarvon Road around 8-9pm on 9/Feb. They have a habit of carrying a plastic bottle for the child to wee in case they can’t find bathrooms in the public.
 
The child wanted to have a pee, and the blogger took him to a corner inside Tsui Wah and get ready for his release. The staff in Tsui Wah almost screamed at us “there’s a toilet on the 2nd floor!” Everyone in the restaurant looked at the blogger and the child. The blogger said to the waitress “my child is very young, he might not be able to hold and wet his pants. It’s cold and he may catch a cold!”
Before the waitress could response, another male staff tried to stop the blogger, who wrote “he said that peeing inside the restaurant is not allowed, and it affects other customers or whatever”.
The blogger said: I understand that it (kid peeing in public) is not pleasant, but if the staff really concern about other customers, they should have come over and tell us quietly instead of screaming at us. The truth is, the Hong Kongers are just against Mainland Chinese! We were very upset because of that. Our Lunar New Year’s eve was ruined because of these Hong Kongers who discriminate Mainlanders.

Hong Kong is still a Colony

Hong Kong is still a colony

This video was first uploaded on Youtube few weeks ago in Cantonese. English subtitle version is now available to help the fellow Hong Kongers who don’t speak Cantonese and the rest of the world understand what’s the CCP government doing to Hong Kong.

This bloke in the video is quite famous to netizens in Hog Kong. He’s famous for mocking the CCP-HKSAR government and producing clips that take the mickey out of politicians and has never been seen serious in front of camera.

Chinese Causes Global Milk Powder Shortage – 2

Since the previous blog post, the HKSAR government (aka, the CCP-HKSAR government) has proposed a new “policy” which is a glorified rationed system: Hong Kong mothers can join “Mother’s Clubs” in Hong Kong which are profit making organisations set up by baby milk powder manufacturers to secure guaranteed supply of three tins every two weeks.

I am most against this “policy”. What this “policy” suggests is that Hong Kong people have to allow Chinese to raid every shop in Hong Kong for formula powder. Many countries who face threats from the Chinese are imposing quota for individuals who purchase formula powder from shops.

Below is a world map of the footprint of Chinese raids for formula powder:

A few things we need to know before we can understand Chinese’s global raid:

First of all, there is an import tax on formula powder in China, ranging from 15% to 20%. In Hong Kong, there is no import tax imposed on baby milk powder.Those who buy in bulk in Hong Kong smuggled those formula powder across the border to China, a clear tax evasion situation. Market rumours (I think no one will doubt it’s in fact the truth) say that China’s customs received bribe from those smuggler groups (RMB10 per each person each time they cross the border with smuggled goods) so that they will not arrest nor prosecute smugglers.

Given that Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar, Hong Kong dollar is weaker than China’s RMB. Given the general public’s concern over locally produced or imported milk powder through distributors (Chinese think that any imported products that are packaged in China are unsafe), there is a huge demand for formula powder for infants in China.

This sets the background – Chinese have to go overseas (including Hong Kong) to buy safe milk powder to supply the 1.3 billion population’s demand.

How is a country as small as Hong Kong have sufficient supply for a country (China) which is millions times bigger than herself? Why is it Hong Kong’s responsibility to support China’s demand for a type of product that cannot be replaced?

Some argued that if Americans or Germans or people from any other countries would come to raid Hong Kong’s electronic appliances, Hong Kongers would not against it because they are free trade and helps the economy. This is a completely insane metaphor:

  • Baby formula powder = necessity; Electronic appliances = luxury products (involving the elasticity of demand)
  • Hong Kong’s size and supply of milk powder VS China’s size and demand for milk powder
  • Chinese who come to Hong Kong (or any part of the world) do not just purchase a small amount, they buy in absolute bulk
  • Being inconsiderate and selfish, Chinese do not care about if the local babies will suffer. All they care about is: having abundant supply for their own babies and making money from this trade


All of these are fomula powder!

The attitude of Chinese provokes Hong Kongers further, making one can’t help but think: You’re taking advantage of Hong Kong, distorting Hong Kong’s economy and destroying people’s livelihood, yet still claim to be doing good for the Hong Kongers?

A Facebook page posted the below recently about a message posted by a Chinese on Weibo (a China version of Twitter as Twitter isn’t allowed in China because of the censorship) – I’m keeping the Simplified Chinese characters here even though I (and many Hong Kongers) despise this broken language created by the Communists, I will try to write something about this in the near future.

Please note that this is not an isolated case, many people are bragging about their victory in raiding Hong Kong’s formula powder and mocking Hong Kongers as slaves and secondary citizens. Some even said “when the time comes, I will invade Hong Kong armed and kill every traitor and British-running-dog (i.e. Hong Kongers) I spot, so to make sure Hong Kong is part of China for good”:

From Hong Kong & China NOT the SAME 中港大不同

Once again, Mainland Chinese is showing off the milk powder and says this is a GREAT success of the socialism has “defeated” capitalism. They are happy because Hong Kong Mothers couldn’t get the milk powder for Hong Kong babies and they are delighted for Hong Kong government is being controlled by the CCP, so that they can take as much as they want.
THIS IS AN INVASION. Stop telling us to be kind and ‘you have to help to poor’ – We have 1 million “poor” HongKongese and those PRChinese who come to take everything, even stay here, they are NOT that poor. Yet they are trying their best to ruin the city.
WE ARE HONGKONGESE, NOT CHINESE.「我们雄壮的社会主义大军硬是把资本主义的香港活活的从商品经济逼退回计划经济,国人威武啊!给力奶粉今天到货啦!何其壮观啊!看着房间的奶粉墙相当满足!」
不知我這些已為人母的朋友,有何感想?忘恩負義,恩將仇報。請廣傳,是時候捉賊!這根本就是侵略,別再叫我們包容什麼了,香港人不要再大中國主義,要保衞香港
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【原文】
习习在深圳:香港几乎所有的婴幼儿奶粉都被大陆水客抢购一空,有小孩的家庭也买不到奶粉,自由行签注又不归香港政府管,于是只好出台“新办法”——凭票供 应。有婴幼儿的家庭凭出生证可以保证每月买到两罐奶粉。就这样,我们雄壮的社会主义大军硬是把资本主义的香港活活的从商品经济逼退回计划经济,国人威武 啊!
给力奶粉今天到货啦!何其壮观啊!看着房间的奶粉墙相当满足!Leo哥也高兴地呼叫“奶奶,奶奶”!多谢@滚在英国 的辛勤劳动,我拆包装都拆到腰痛,真不知亲你包了多久啊!全5分!继续为我们的口粮奋斗!

Wan Chin, a scholar in Hong Kong, who’s the thought leader of city-state autonomy for Hong Kong commented on the issue about CCP-HKSAR government’s new policy.

Ration, is an extremely measure that responsible government would implement during war time in order to ensure that its people have sufficient daily supply, including food.

Imposing this system in Hong Kong but not controlling the invasion from China is rather putting the cart before the horse!

To protect Hong Kong and Hong Kongers, we must go independent!

Stay tune for more about Hong Kong.

PS: I do apologise that this isn’t the most systematic article – I’m by no means a good writer, and I get too emotional about this subject matter, my god children are very young and this issue makes me very angry