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?

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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.

HK reporter got beaten up in Peking

Breaking news!!!

A female HK reporter currently working on an assignment about Why Yang (also translated as “Yang Kuang”), a HK activist who went to the building block where Liu Xia lives (wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu XiaoBo who’s been under house arrest for over 2 years with no legitimate reason) was surrounded and beaten up by at least 5 police in China.

Leaders of the PRC (China)

Pro-democracy, pro-HK-Independence and anti-CCP Facebook groups have been circulating an image in recent days – direct quotes from Premier Wen JiaBao’s government work report. Below is a translation of the caption:

43 Rounds of Applause 5 Years Ago…

“(We can) definitely guarantee the basic stability of market supply and market price”

“Make our motherland’s mountains greener, water clearer, sky more blue”

“We must ensure that our people’s minds are at easy when they eat and use (products), and make our export products to enjoy good reputation”

“(We will allow) everyone to enjoy basic health care services”

“We must be determined to push forward (our) real estate reform and development, making people and the public to live in peace and enjoy one’s work (note: a Chinese saying which means a stable and secured life with a roof above one’s head)”

“Only through distributing the fruits of economic development to the public, the harmony and stability of a society can be improved”

Five years have passed, NONE of the above was achieved.

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Do You Think Hong Kongers are Qualified to “Tolerate and Forgive”?

In 2012, Hong Kong recorded the total of 50,000,000 tourists, and the majority of them are mainland Chinese. Let’s put this number into context. 50,000,000 visitors is seven times of Hong Kong’s population. Can you imagine a place received tourists amounted to seven times of its population? In addition, these tourists are mainly from the same country. The number of floating population of a tiny area amounts to seven times of the area’s population, putting tremendous pressure of this place, challenging this place’s maximum capacity,  namely: geographical, physical and psychological capacities. At the same time, the influx of visitors is changing the value, lifestyle and direction of development of this place, and more importantly, affecting this place’s structure and future.

The irony is, fake-left-wings politicians and middle class still believe that they are the host of this place. They, with an attitude of being superior and pretend to be humanitarians, ask Hong Kongers to tolerate. how could 7 million people tolerate and forgive 50 million people? How could you ask the disadvantaged to tolerate and forgive the invasion of a much stronger nation which armies can be easily mobilised? The cinemas, local eateries and co-op stores that once belonged to the 7 million people, are turned into pharmacies, jewellery shops and handbag stores that belong to 50 million people. The houses, school spaces, formula powder of these 7 million people were taken away by the 50 million people, and the 7 million people have to tolerate and forgive. The free market of 7 million people is being severely disrupted by a non-free market owned by 1.3 billion people, and the 7 million people have to tolerate and forgive… It is always the privilege of the stronger side to tolerate and forgive the weak and disadvantaged. Asking those who are being bullied and pushed around to tolerate and forgive is a self-deception concept.

An article by Chan King-Fai (a Hong Kong commentator) called “The Limit of a Tourist Destination Unvealed by Formula Powder Shortage” said that to any place in the world, a  massive amount of tourists entering it uncontrolled can affect it substantially, not only on its economy. Focusing purely on free flow of tourists, allowing a place to be penetrated by an outside power, the consequence could be just like Zygmunt Bauman said “helplessly shackled to localities that are slipping away from their grasp“.

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