Discrimination – a term being abused in HK and the importance of safeguarding Cantonese

Language is a key to not only civilisation, but also racial identity. It somehow put restrictions on the way you think.

As many know, Cantonese (UN recongised it as a language a while back) and English are the two official languages in Hong Kong. The majority of us speak both, mostly Cantonese in daily use. An interesting thing is, many Cantonese words used in Hong Kong (some in China use Cantonese, mainly in Guangdong) is derived directly from English. We also very often incorporate English words in our conversations too. Taxi drivers in Hong Kong can often speak a bit of English despite most of them have received very limited education.

So, as a newbie in Hong Kong, one would certainly be prepared to learn Cantonese – may not be fluent, but you should at least respect the local languages here.

If you are prepared to go to a local school, you will expect to be taught in Cantonese and English. That requires no explanation nor does it constitute any sort of discrimination.

Below are two clips with English subtitle:

Do you honestly think that using Cantonese for interviewing kindergartens in Hong Kong can be seen as discrimination? In universities, English is typically the language being used in lectures. Some courses, however, use Cantonese due to what is being taught at the course. If one choose to take up the Cantonese language lecture (there’s a Mandarin one, because there are too many Chinese studying in HK), could you blame the lecturer for using Cantonese as the medium of instruction? What I don’t understand is why did the university provide a Mandarin lecture specifically for Chinese students? It’s like an international student from France who study in the UK and he/she would naturally expect all lectures to be taught in English.

Discrimination is being used so very often in Hong Kong, particularly by the Chinese students and new immigrants. The thing is, many of the immigrants from China back in the days (early 40s to 60s), they only spoke their own dialects. They did, however, tried very hard to fit in and because they know if they didn’t fit in and learn the language, they would not be able to live in Hong Kong and find a job. This is simply logic. My parents, for example, were not aboriginal Hong Kongers. They also emigrated to Hong Kong decades ago (to flee from the Communists, of course). They never expected to not speak Cantonese and be able to survive in Hong Kong.

By having more and more Chinese immigrants who refuse to speak our language, Hong Kongers will become the minority and Cantonese will soon be lost. A language with thousands of years of history, yet has been modified over all these years. Cantonese in Hong Kong, in particular, changes rapidly – mainly due to the influence of British English and the colonial time.

One thing you’re probably not aware of if you do not read and write Cantonese, there are increasing number of terminologies have been changed into the Mandarin version, and are broadcast via TV channels (news and drama), radio channels, as well as newspapers. People are not aware of them if they’re not careful – 打造, for example, literally means “hit make”, is a term that’s been widely used in China. It is a newly created term to replace many words in Chinese languages, including ” 建造 (construct)”, “建設(build)”, “創造(create)”, etc.

This is a subtle change, but day by day, this kind of changes in use of word, replacement of terms will have tremendous impact to a race. Below is an abstract from the book 1984:

“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word, which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well – better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good,’ what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words – in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,” he added as an afterthought. (1.5.23, Syme)

As I said up front, language in a way constructs the way we think…

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.” (1.5.23, Syme)

Just leave this to you to think…

Over and out!

Target of Political Prosecution in HK is a Primary School Teacher

I’m sure you are aware of this incident. Completely ridiculous, I dare say.

Where else on earth would someone say the F word will be investigated by the police?

piece by Global Voices I just bumped into is pretty faithful to the whole incident, and shows the world what Communist are doing to Hong Kong. Freedom of expression is granted to everyone in Hong Kong, including Falun Gong people.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

What is worrying to the people of Hong Kong is that why didn’t the police force react to the aggressive actions by pro-China/pro-communist individuals and groups? Can they not seen how violent they are?

They’ve even (in fact the very same group “Hong Kong Youth Care Association”) hit a police officer’s head and told him to “eat shit” (a commonly used insult in Cantonese).

Leung Yiu-chung, a legislator, said to the press that “the seniors gave instructions to police officers that whenever they receive complaints about HKYCA and Falun Gong, they should simply ignore.”

Dark age has come! Don’t you think?

So now you know why we loose our respect to the police in Hong Kong. If you touch them, quite literally TOUCH them, they will sue you for assault. That’s why when people at protests always raise their hands when they’re surrounded by police.

Some protesters even shouted “support Royal Hong Kong Police to arrest GongAn (China’s “police” who swore to be loyal to the Communist Party)” at the recent Sai Yeung Choi Street South protest. (Reason: a bloke hit a protester and was released, and it was found out almost immediately that this man is a plainclothes police. Thanks to the netizens again.)

Without Golden Forum (a very popular online discussion forum), the thugs who were hired to support CY Leung and punched and hit protesters would not have been arrested. Within 48 hours, the Golden brothers and sisters (terms the Golden netizens use to call each other) have identified a few of those attackers and found out their names and some other information of their whereabouts. This is when the police took action to arrest them. Shouldn’t we taxpayers be paying Golden folks tax instead of the police force which clearly cannot do their job? Remember not long ago the police said they cannot find the suspect who attacked a Scholarism kid after a public forum because “they do not have the name of the suspect”? I’m quoting the police word for word here. This suspect is also one of the pro-Communist groups in Hong Kong, in case you want to know, no surprise really.

Over and out.

US Consulate General VS HKSAR Chief Executive

Not a single time in his term so far (18 months!), CY Leung can go to “listen to the public” without having an army of police officers and many times he had to enter the venues from the back-doors…

Popularity of the CY Leung is probably the lowest in history, and yet he still kids himself that people support him! Guess who goes to show their support?

Thugs! And worst of all, they are paid. In case you worry that the HKSAR government is spending a lot of money on these propaganda (??), they aren’t that expensive: around HK$400 you can hire someone who shout any slogan you want, the team leaders (responsible for mobilising their “followers”) charges HK$1,000 per day. If you’d like them to fight (in fact, it’s beating others up) that’ll cost extra. Perhaps politicians in other countries should learn from CY Leung! Why campaign? Just beat the hell out of your oppositions!

Recently, the new US Consulate General for HK and Macau, Mr Clifford Hart, has been visiting various places – local eateries, book store, etc.

This reminds me of our last governor, Chris Patten. There were small scale protests when he went to “meet the people” during his tenure (in fact, other governors too), but most of the time this is what happened!

CY Leung and the Communist China seem to have too much pride in themselves – “what the Brits could do, Chinese can do better”, said Deng XiaoPing. What a joke! I really wish the book “I Don’t Want to be Chinese Again” was published back then. They could learn a thing or two from it.

On a separate note, there have been lots of rumours suggesting CY Leung is an underground CCP member. The number of underground CCP members in HK? I have no idea! Certainly there are plenty of them – and many of them are very senior and well-respected in the political and business scene…

God bless Hong Kong.

Over and out.

Future president of Egypt? What about Hong Kong?

I stumbled into this video the other day, and I couldn’t help but think “why isn’t a single Hong Kong child able to do this” (of course, there’s a big assumption here: the English subtitle is accurate).

The  people of Hong Kong are not encouraged for individual thinking. Education is all about reciting materials and getting good grades in exams. Back in the old days, the British Hong Kong government encouraged people to study but never encourage people to think independently. The Hong Kong SAR government, even worse! They inject the pro-Peking and pro-Communist thoughts into the students’ brains before they are old enough to “think”…

A so-called Basic Law handbook for primary school students says that Taiwan is China’s sacred land, and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong must “love China and love Hong Kong” – none of these are related to the Basic Law.

The worse I’ve seen so far is “Chief Executive enjoys a more superior legal status than the administrative, legislative and judicial functions of Hong Kong”. It also says “administrative, legislative and judicial functions balance each other’s power but also cooperate with each other, cooperation amongst these three functions is more important” – this is NONSENSE!! Separation of powers is what Hong Kong always practices, and there isn’t a need for cooperation between the three functions.

The younger generation in Hong Kong, thankfully, especially those who have not got a “professional” job tend to be more aware of the social issues – the reason, as I gathered, is that they are not afraid of rocking the boat. Those who have a high paid job and/or own properties worry about the property and stock market and stability of their jobs more than whether they have freedoms, democracy and fellow Hong Kongers’ livelihood (no formula powder for babies, sky high rent, expensive daily necessities, property hegemony, etc.).

They are very similar to the last generation of Hong Kongers who often nowadays say that the Brits did not give Hong Kong democracy (they would even say “you never had democracy and why suddenly want it now! we’ve got more freedom then before 1997). Epic fail in logic. Isn’t it? I am always in awe when they say this – since when democracy is something that’s given? It’s always something that people need to fight for. A metaphor: you never had anything but bake potato, and now you want more than just bake potato, you want a bit of corn beef as well! Why is not insane?

If Occupy Central is violent (breaking the law, woohooo!!), what about the protests in Turkey and Brazil? Blood was shed! The police in Hong Kong have become so bent that I do believe one day they will point their guns at the protesters (whether or not they can aim properly or know how to use their gun is another question). The convener of the Occupy Central movement did say though “if they see blood at the movement, they will retreat”. Without being prepared for the worst, there is no point to occupy anywhere. They still don’t understand that China will not back down unless you show to them that you have got the upper hand and have no fear. Chinese only bully those who are show weakness or weaker than them, fact! Have they done anything to Japan yet? No! Even though China’s been claiming that Senkaku Islands belong to them for all these years. If you engage China to negotiate, they will present you all the things that they want before speaking with you (just like what they did to the Brits in the 70s). By agreeing to their terms, means you’ve already lost half the negotiation – they know that you’re prepared to loose all of those they want. They can then try to take more from you and if it goes no where, they’d still get the “least they’re prepared to accept”, win-win situation for the Chinese. See?

Over and out

ANGRY! 70% of Students in HK’s Universities are Mainland Chinese!!!

I do not suppose anyone would disagree that universities in Hong Kong should give priority to Hong Kong students.

In Hong Kong, the number of students from China has been growing while the number of spaces for the local Hong Kong students has been stagnant. Bear in mind the fact that these universities are partly funded by the Hong Kong SAR government, which means tax payers in Hong Kong are funding foreign students.

The latest statistics show that an alarming 70% of the postgraduate students in the universities in Hong Kong are Chinese from Mainland China. These universities explain that recruiting foreign students is a way to internationalise their schools. However, the so called “internationalisation” is misleading! A truly internationlised university should have students from all over the world, which is what universities in Hong Kong used to be, but not from ONE SINGLE COUNTRY.

The majority of these so called “international” students from China have the traditionally Chinese mentality – refuse to emigrate into the local society nor would they embrace the local culture, criticise Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong, victimise themselves when they provoke public outcry. Here are a few blog posts by another blogger about these students from China:

City University incident

Student from China Calls HKer DOGS

Poly U China Students Hates HK

One thing I want to say is if these students from China despise their host universities and their host country (Hong Kong) and if China is such a wonderful place in all aspects, why did they CHOOSE to come to Hong Kong to study? Why did they CHOOSE to work in Hong Kong after they graduated? All they want is the Hong Kong identity cards or use Hong Kong as a platform for them to immigrate to other countries!

Hong Kong students are working on raising fund to place advertisements in newspapers. Below are the first round of designs, you can also visit the Facebook group which was set up a while ago:

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There have been numerous cases that clearly shows these universities favours students from China. The banners they put up in the campuses are in Simplified Chinese instead of the official written language – Traditional Chinese. Announcements are written with China terminologies. There’s a case recently reported by the press which was extremely controversial (also shows how ungrateful those Chinese students could be, CY Leung helped him to get his degree, and he turned around and said CY Leung would unlikely to uphold justice during his tenure as Hong Kong SAR’s Chief Executive).

Another thought: The world is getting really confused about how to differentiate between Hong Kongers and Chinese, sometimes they mixed Taiwanese up with Chinese as well! I can honestly say, this would insult the genuine Taiwanese and Hong Kongers who have their national pride.

Hollywood Gives in to China

World War Z, a Hollywood production starring Brad Pitt, has given in to China’s censorship. The original plot is about a plague, which started in PRC China, threatens to wipe out humanity.

Paramount Pictures asked the film’s director Marc Forster and his team to cut a special edit of the movie to satisfy Chinese censorship officials. In the China version, the pandemic is called “Moscow flu” and the disease is first discovered by a heroic Chinese scientist.

As PRC is famous for its censorship, which is part of the country’s propaganda to ensure that people in China do not see any negative perception or information about the country and the Communist Party, and promote/boost nationalism to the people in China. By controlling information people in China can receive, they become more numb to whatever happens in the surrounding. China’s tight censorship is the PRC Communist Government’s “preventative measure” to stop any potential outcry for a democratic election that would overthrown the ruling party and corrupted government officials.

World War Z is not the first and certainly will not be the last to give in to the power of money. With a population of 1.4 billion, the financial benefits movie companies could gain by bending themselves over backwards are too significant. However, I could not help to ask the question: is it worth compromising on every level? If a government kills its own people, attempt to colonise and/or wipe out other races (Xijing, Tibet, etc)

Paramount said making a “special version” for the PRC market is worth it because it opens up a new market. Previously, many other movies have done/going to do similar thing and Kowtow to China, including 007: Skyfall, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Iron Man 3, Transformer 4, Men in Black 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Only 34 foreign films are allowed to be released in the PRC, hence Hollywood production companies have begun partnering with PRC companies to avoid being limited by such quota. According to newspapers, some industry players have already expressed their concerns over their freedom of creation would be affected by such partnership, but movie companies still insist! After all it’s a money business!

PRC China’s movie companies are getting bigger. Dalian Wanda Group acquired AMC, the second largest cinema chain, is a good example demonstrating PRC’s commercial strength. Eventually, it will become the dominate power in the world.

From my point of view, Hollywood gave in to this unjust censorship is a clear message to the world: China’s expansionism and world domination are becoming so important that the world is willing to sacrifice everything (I’m not referring to people’s dignity and principle) just for money.

Just a thought: from an ordinary person (i.e. not expert in economies and finance, etc), wouldn’t the US benefit from the fall of China, one of the biggest debtors to the US? Isn’t the cheap labour in China and the dumping (of goods) by Chinese companies causing trade deficit, decline of the manufacturing industry, etc? Shouldn’t the people in the US be more angry about matters like this? After all, it’s about their bread being taken away. Free economy works perfectly in an ideal world (just like communism works in utopia), but there has to be some sort of interference/regulation by the government when things are starting to go pear shape, especially when the people locally are suffering…

I can’t help but think that if one keeps on giving in to unreasonable demands by another, he will be walked all over one day! Time will tell what kind of nation China is – Hong Kong has been suffering from this totalitarian dictatorship for 16 years, will the world go down as well because all they could see is money?

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!”