I was not aware of this petition until now, if you want to stop the PLA from taking a public place private for their exclusive use, please help sign this petition:
Vulgaria, a locally produced comedy filled with hilarious satire. The focus of this movie is about “how hard it is to be in the movie industry” – behind the glorious surface of the entertainment industry, it is actually very tough.
For some reason and not sure when, swearing is no longer accepted in Hong Kong movies. Since when thugs speak without swearing is beyond me, but this is how ridiculous the censorship in Hong Kong has become – one step closer to China, perhaps.
This movie won a lot of support from the Hong Kongers because characters in this movie seem much more alive and real than many Hong Kong-China joint productions. Hong Kongers can relate themselves and believe that those characters actually exist! It may not be an Oscars grade, according to netizens and commentators, but very real Hong Kong story, a hysterical mocking/reflection of the movie industry and, most importantly, funny.
Hong Kongers think that nothing is wrong for locally produced movies targeting the locals. Many also agree that swearing exists in every corner in the world, and shouldn’t be made a huge fuzz about such – swearing is quite common in movies made by the West. Many audiences said they enjoyed the laughs and find it a unique movie in the current market, which is dominated by well funded movies targeting the China market, meaning censorship (nothing bad about China and there are cases whereby movies have to “change” history to praise China) and not “real” enough.
A Peking (Beijing) young woman wrote a critic piece about this movie, slamming how “vulgar” this movie is (the movie is called “Vularia”). Hong Kongers think that she’s using a very political view on her critic piece instead of approaching it from an art appreciation/critic point of view. Her piece won her the Gold ADC Critic’s Prize (cash award of HK$50,000) – the judge panel was found to be closely connected to the China government and the writer. Bottom of this blog post is an English report for your reference.
Her prize caused massive public discontent in Hong Kong, mainly against her not-art-critic view point on the movie, and fuels Hong Kongers’ worry about China’s propaganda and plan to colonise Hong Kong by penetrating into Hong Kong – legal system (recent prosecution of protesters who joint a rally approved by the government), education (national and moral education), clean government (Chief Executives and many other influential figures in Hong Kong are alleged to be underground Community Party members), the influx of China immigrants, the increasing use of simplified Chinese characters in the public, the use of Putonghua (Mandarin) in school instead of Cantonese (the native language of Hong Kong – for the record, Cantonese is recognised by the UN as a language and over 100 million people in the world are using it) etc. This time, is the arts space and movie industry.
According to some, this kind of penetration programme is a technique the China government has been using in the past 60-plus years since it was established.
The freedoms in Hong Kong, a land with a history of over 170 years, is being eroded ever since the handover of sovereignty back in 1997.
Written by Alice Poon (潘慧嫻)
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s award of a Gold ADC Critic’s Prize (the first of its kind) to a local journalist Jia Xuanning for her critical essay on the film “Vulgar Comedy” (“低俗喜劇”) has stirred up much controversy. The essay itself is under caustic attack from liberal-minded Hong Kongers.
Here are translated excerpts from another retort article by an InmediaHK writer:-
“I have commented from a cultural viewpoint. Now let me give a critique on the latter half of the essay from a social viewpoint. The essay points out [the Mainland may well act as Hong Kong’s benevolent master, but it has not won Hong Kongers’ heart. On the one hand Hong Kongers bow to the Mainland’s economic prowess, while on the other refuse to let go of their residual sense of superiority on the mental level. This paradoxical mentality is like the psychological struggle of the film’s character played by Du: he shows an obsequious smiling face, while at heart he feels he’s being raped; they feel alienated from the mainlanders’s ‘inferiority’, yet they are being naturalized and glossed over. In the face of the Mainland, Hong Kong senses a loss of self-esteem and a collapse of the last line of defense with no power to retaliate, and in the end the already sickly relationship between the two places will only exacerbate.] (I’ve quoted this from the original essay, to avoid being accused of taking remarks out of context.) Jia’s essay smacks of imperialist mentality, full of condescension, insinuating that Hong Kongers are subservient to money, that being rich is almighty (as implied by ‘benevolent master’). Yet, Jia does not have a clear perception of reality. To say that Hong Kongers are jealous of mainlanders’ wealth is pure conjecture. According to IMF data, Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of close to US$36,000, while the Mainland’s figure is around US$6,000. Hong Kong is the Mainland third largest export partner (the first two being the European Union and the United States). The PRC’s Commerce Department data shows that Hong Kong’s investment in Mainland China amounts to US$600 billion, i.e. 46 percent of all of its foreign investment. As is apparent from data of different sources, the Mainland has to rely on Hong Kong.”
“Even without mentioning the mutually beneficial economic co-operation, the Mainland is still indebted to Hong Kong from the historical standpoint. During the Great Leap Forward when 30 million Chinese were starving to death (I do not know whether Jia has read about this part of Chinese history?), Hong Kongers selflessly extended help to the Mainland. More recently, whenever there were natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, Hong Kongers, apart from donating money generously, were involved in a series of rehabilitation hope -projects. On the other hand, the so-called tourism benefits brought about by the individual travel scheme are only concentrated in sales of luxury goods and local properties, to the detriment of local small and medium businesses. The real effect of that scheme is to enrich the few conglomerates; it does not benefit the average citizen at all. Indeed, citizens have had to bear the negatives, like street congestion, bad behaviors of travelers, parallel trades and a whole lot of resource distribution problems. I would urge Jia to take a fuller view of facts before writing, and would beseech the award panelists to use their common sense in making judgment.”
“On another issue, the essay mentions that the film ‘Vulgar Comedy’ discriminates against mainlanders because one of the characters in the film played by Cheng mocks at mainlanders, which reflects a fear that Hong Kongers harbor. First of all, the film is not discriminatory towards mainlanders, as that character is a nouveau-riche plebeian and is not representative of all mainlanders. What the film tries to mock are the philistine habits of some nouveau-riche commoners – it does not amount to discrimination. However, what Jia says about Hong Kongers’ fear is correct, but for the wrong reason. Starting from the day of the handover, the Central Government has constantly been chipping away Hong Kongers’ freedom, trying arrogantly to domesticate Hong Kong with the Mainland’s officialdom way of handling things. It even mentions co-operation of the three powers. Now Hong Kong enjoys less and less freedom. Dissidents are suppressed. A society attuned to lies is in the making, thanks to the Central and Hong Kong SAR governments. The freedoms that we enjoy are a natural endowment – they are not granted by the Basic Law. We are being robbed of those freedoms. Certainly we have good reason to fear.”
“What should have been an arts critique essay turns out to read more like a social commentary, full of political motives. I cannot but be baffled as to why such an essay could be selected for an award. Is it proper for the Arts Development Council to be thus politically charged? Why has this Council in Hong Kong become so like the Propaganda Department in directing ideology? If such an essay is worthy of an award, then participants in the next competition will probably slant their essays towards ideology. I would rather watch vulgar films than read a work of venomous lies.”
A Chinese (a.k.a. Mainland Chinese) blogger complained about being discriminated by Hong Kongers! Summarising the story below:
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.
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”:
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！」
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！
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