Censorship in Hong Kong – Freedom of Press???

Today’s top news about Hong Kong’s freedom of press.

Within hours after the news article was published, a Facebook page and political satire blogger that specialises in parody of current affairs created the below:

The above graphic says:

According to the censored edition of the Traditional Chinese version of A Concise History of Hong Kong:

Above picture: what Hong Kong looked like before 1997 (when British rule)

Bottom picture: what Hong Kong is after 1997 (under CCP’s rule)

So exactly what the Foreign Secretary says in the latest Six Monthly report about 1-Country-2-System and freedoms in Hong Kong are in fact lies.

Hong Kongers Awaking

Read this piece in late Feb (this has been sitting in my draft box for a while…) and find it explains a lot of things and reminds me how myself (or many other pro-independence Hong Kongers) come to support Hong Kong’s independence.

Hong Kong has long been separated from the PRC (China), under the colonial time Hong Kong advanced a lot faster than its neighbourhood PRC, and had been living a more comfortable life. Somehow, this became a “guilt” – similar to the so-called white guilt, and subconsciously think that Hong Kong has to help or even compensate China.

This nationalistic idea has rooted deep down and muddled up Hong Kongers’ self identity – Are we Chinese (race)? Are we British (nationality)? Are we Hong Konger (ethnicity)?

Because of the guilt, Hong Kongers had (to many still have) zero resistance to the “ideas” of “we are all Chinese” and “blood is thicker than water”. Hence, many pan-democrats and social movements focus solely on this “nationalist” ideology amongst most Hong Kongers. Supporting Peking students back in 1989, Li Wangyang’s “suicide” case, are just two examples – it’s a matter of doing the right thing but not necessarily because “we are all Chinese”. The so called pan-democrats are hijacking Hong Kongers’ empathy for the injustice in PRC, and hooking it to the nationalist ideology. Gradually (after decades) PRC’s democratic development became the precondition of Hong Kong’s democratic movement – if China doesn’t have democracy, Hong Kong will never have democracy, hence Hong Kongers should help PRC’s democracy.

Communist China sees this logical fallacy and guilt amongst Hong Kongers, and they demand Hong Kongers to pay their debt – making Hong Kongers contribute and became their stepping stone to economic boom. Luring Hong Kongers with hot money, uncontrolled tourists, and many other so-called economic benefits (how is having China companies listing in Hong Kong benefit the people of Hong Kong? This helps Chinese companies to have access to global investors and Hong Kongers’ money) to achieve PRC’s assimilation scheme.

Communist China uses Hong Kongers’ guilt to make them believe China is still the underprivileged and Hong Kongers have the obligations to help and save China. It does not make any sense to demand a city-state with 7 million people to support and resolve problems for a country with a population of 1.3 billion!

The author of this commentary said that he’s glad to see Hong Kongers are awaking recently – “unload their guilt” and stand up for the local’s rights and livelihood.

He quoted that Krystian Zimerman, who vowed would not return to the US until George W. Bush was out of office in protest of America’s placement of a missile defense shield in Poland, saying “get your hands off of my country” and said it fits Hong Kong’s situation perfectly. Communist China has been invading Hong Kong since the handover of its sovereignty on multiple levels – population, politics, education and economy. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, insists on paying attention to the feelings and needs of Chinese in the PRC. Law enforcement units side with Mainland Chinese smugglers, local “politicians” repeatedly emphasis the needs for Hong Konger to embrace Mainland Chinese because they are the underprivileged” even though they break laws and disrupt Hong Kong’s society.

Hong Kongers have the right to say to these traitors and invaders “GET YOUR HANDS OFF OF MY HOME!”

The Truth about China’s Brain-Washing Propaganda

Wang Dan, one of the student leaders at the Tiananmen Square in 1989 which ended with blood shed and the PRC government continues denying to-date, is now teaching in Taiwan and enjoying freedom that his fellow Chinese people can only dream about.

I do admire the courage of the student leaders demonstrated twenty some years ago, but to my disappointment none of them have done anything to “build a better China” so far…

Wang posted on his Facebook (which is banned in PRC) recently a letter he received from a university student, below is my translation:

Dear Mr. Wang,

I am a Mainland student from JieJiang, currently studying my bachelor degree in Taichung. I have been following you for a while, and I wanted to say something but not sure what to say. I have spent six months in Taiwan so far and have met a lot of great friends, and do not miss my home like many other freshmen because it’s great to live in Taiwan – including the orderly environment and welcoming nature of Taiwanese. However, I always avoid discussing Mainland’s issues with Taiwanese.

Take myself for example, there are a lot of things in the Mianland that I am not happy with (otherwise, I wouldn’t have wanted to study abroad); but after discussing with my Taiwanese classmates, firstly I find that they have been misled by the media and secondly (they have) some sort of “I can condemn (the government), but others cannot” mindset.

I had always been educated in the Mainland, when I visited my relatives in the US in high school, Chinese friends (here refers ethical Chinese) asks me if I think Taiwan is part of China. I answered with no hesitation “yes”, and they were shocked. Now that I’m here (in Taiwan), my answer has changed.

One summer, I met some excellent Hong Kong friends. They attended the 4/June vigil every year and never forget (what happened). Thanks to Hong Kongese. People and the government should be united on some circumstances, but others situations they should be standing at an opposite position. In terms of power, I believe no citizen wishes his government to have absolute power, which means he will have none. Under absolute power, if Hong Kong losses this kind of freedom, so will Taiwan.

I do not like people condemning how bad Mainland China is, because I find myself standing on the same side of the government (under this circumstances). My pride for my motherland’s development must not be destroyed by others. However, I do not want the Mainland government to continue enjoying such power, and feel that on this front individuals and the government are in confronting position. Unfortunately, I am now in Taiwan – with the freedom to think about all these, but have no means to make them happen.

In response to this Facebook post, Kay Lam (a Hong Kong commentator) wrote a piece entitled “Wang Dan Reveals the Truth behind Communist China’s Brainwash Propaganda”:

Wang Dan published a letter from a Mainland China student on his Facebook, saying that he’d hope people can understand the mentality of the Chinese younger generation, and further hope that everyone to “treat Mainland students nicely” but not push them back to the embrace of Communist China’s propaganda.

First, Mainland Chinese students believe that any media in the world is the same as Communist China’s – controlled and manipulated by the government. They refuse to believe in the repulsive realities in China, instead believes Hong Kongers and Taiwanese are misled by “anti-communist media”. In fact, to maximise the effect of brainwashing propaganda, Communist China started by acquiring Chinese language media across the world, and set up these “so-called foreign media” in other countries to repackage Communist China’s viewpoints as “foreign media’s viewpoints”, then import them into China. They, then, manipulate internet search engines and social media ranking, and broadcast these messages via numerous sub-websites in a multiple speed. They created this man-made “Bad money drives out good” environment, replacing the truth with fake news. As long as people cannot touch the media hegemony of Communist China, anti-brainwash is only a “castle in the air” and is never executable.

Second,  Mainland Chinese students have the mentality of “I can condemn (the government), others cannot”, “I do not like others to condemn how bad Mainland China is, because I’m with the government on this front”, “My pride of my motherland’s development must not be damaged by others”, etc. These sample quotes demonstrate that Mainland Chinese CAN NOT and DARE NOT to criticise the PRC government. In addition, they would not allow others to criticise the PRC government. In the end become the slaves of nationalism.

Third, Hong Kong’s 4/June vigils are not aiming at overthrowing Communist China’s tyranny, but a psychological opium that spread the illusion of “patriotic without being loyal to the communist party”. The Mainland Chinese student who wrote the letter is certain about Hong Kongers’ “love for China” (a commonly used phrase Commies use to describe their patriotism), and subtly criticises the “separatism power” including Taiwan independence. This clearly shows the celestial empire and unification mentality of China have entwined with the Party’s brainwash education, and became a non-negotiable bottom-line. They are, however, very honest with their action – they want to go to Taiwan and Hong Kong to breath the freedom, despite the fact that the wish to see “China’s unification” both verbally and in their mind. They refuse to believe and learn about the “unification” under Communist China’s dictatorship actually means the complete destruction of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The above three points illustrate how frightening and thorough brainwashing is. To help Chinese students to understand the truth and break free from brainwashing is close to impossible. This also explains why Communist China has to push forward national education in Hong Kong, this is also the bottom-line of Hong Kong which “to give in to this means death”.

 

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.

Yang Kuang’s “Disapperance” HK Journalists Being Attacked in China

Mr. Yang Kuang (Why Yang), a Hong Kong activist, disappeared for 41 hours in China when he tried to visit his friend Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiao Bo (Nobel Peace Prize winner).

He was then “sent home” by PRC China on 10th March 2013. No assistance was given to Mr. Yang during his “disappearance” and Mr. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, responded to the press’ enquiry that the government has not received any request for assistance.

Hong Kong journalists who went follow the story were beaten up by 4-5 men outside the residential area, which is public space, of Mrs. Liu’s flat.

A video filmed by Now TV (a local paid TV channel) shows part of the incident – the journalists being attacked are from Now TV, RTHK, TVB, Commercial Radio,

A TVB reporter talked about the incident here. According to the reporter, these 4-5 men rushed over to the journalists and started to beat them up right away. The police arrived after the journalists called for help, but they did not arrest any of the attackers and told the journalists that they should not ask any questions about the attackers. The TVB reporter also said that her reporter identity card was taken away.

Mr. Ma Fung-Kwok, HK Deputy to the National People’s Congress, commented on the incident that “When in Rome do as the Romans do” and said that the key is whether the Hong Kong journalists were covering the story legally.

Mr. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, said reporters should be protected and respected as they cover stories legally.

Public outcry in Hong Kong for thorough investigation, and condemn PRC/China for their barbarian actions. The HK Journalists Association also expressed their fury against the attack.

These “ordinary men” are suspected to be plainclothes police – one of them was recognised by the media as a PRC policeman.

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

HK Primary School Material: Cannot Call Onself Hong Konger – HK Newspaper

After the massive anti National & Moral Education Curriculum that forced the Hong Kong SAR government to “shelved” the curriculum, Ming Pao reveals on 3rd March 2013 that Hong Kong schools are brain washing primary school kids via different text books.

Summary of the article below:

Although the National & Moral Education is not a standalone subject in Hong Kong anymore after the months long protest led by Scholarism (formulated by school children), a lot of content about “identifying one’s recognition of China” is penetrating various subject in primary school subjects, including Chinese language, general studies and Mandarin.

Parents’ Concerns Group reviewed the top three most popular sets of primary school text books in Hong Kong and found that some materials deliberately emphasis the “expression of emotions”. A chapter called “Metaphor of Motherland”, one of the primary 5 Chinese language chapters, included a “patriotic poem”. The teacher handbook of this chapter says that teachers should instruct students to “use sonorous tone to slowly read the poem aloud, when reading out the character ‘country’, the final note of of the character should be lengthen (note: in Cantonese, as well as other Chinese languages, this means a strong emphasis of a term/word) in order to show one’s admiration and respect to the country (i.e. China)”. Another chapter described China’s national flag as something “that will listen attentively (to students)”.

In a General Studies textbook for primary 1 to 5 students, when it described the established of People’s Republic of China (PRC), it only sketchily mentioned Mao Zidong, the Chairman of China’s Communist Party found the PRC which became strong after many years. It omitted all the tragedies happened in between, including the Cultural Revolution and 4th June incident (also known as “Tiananmen Square massacre”).

In a primary 2 English General Studies textbook, when it explains nationality, the teacher handbook listed clearly that students should NOT called themselves “Hong Kong People” (i.e. Hong Kongers/Hong Kongese): “Many children call themselves HK people but this is not a correct concept. One should say “I am a Chinese citizen living in HK (direct quote from the handbook)“. Concern Group questioned that the teacher handbook clearly pointed out that “HK people” is a politically incorrect concept, and deny the identify of Hong Konger.

The chairman of a teachers group focuses on Liberal Studies in HK said that the evaluation forms of many study tours that go to China (PRC) focus on how students’ perception of China (PRC) change after the tours, but do not cover students’ genuine impressions.