I love Hong Kong

I love Hong Kong _ expatlingo.com

I was cycling around Utrecht like a boss and enjoying the pleasant nazomer weather this weekend when I glanced at the news and remembered that I’d left my heart in Hong Kong.

Fortunately, watching the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ unfold from the Netherlands is a snap. In fact, I probably see and know just as much from my bike-cluttered, Dutch townhouse, as I would have from my mildew-spotted house in jungly, rural Hong Kong.

Last night, while eavesdropping on my neighbor’s outstanding piano skills, I gaped at the HK Apple Daily’s live video feed and this is what I saw:

  • In the safest big city in the world, the government deploy militarized, riot police carrying guns to face-off with docile protestors.
  • Hongkongers, who nearly jammed my eyes out with their umbrellas on the city’s crowded sidewalks every rainy day of the year, were now using those same umbrellas as feeble protection against exploding gas canisters and jets of pepper spray.
  • Showing similar resourcefulness, instead of wearing surgical masks as a knee-jerk reaction to every sniffle, Hongkongers now used those masks — paired with cling film — to shield their lungs and eyes from tear gas.
  • Thousands upon thousands more people from all walks of life took to the streets because they were so damn mad about the police force’s heavy-handed intervention.

Eventually I tore myself away and went to bed, but in the wee hours of the morning I peered under the covers at Twitter and sighed with relief that the riot-gear-clad police force had been sanely replaced with every-day, street-beat-clothed Hong Kong police officers.

Rising to start the day, I smiled as I flicked through pictures of Hong Kong’s tens of thousands of amazing protestors:

  • Clearing up trash
  • Creating impromptu recycling stations
  • Posting ‘sorry for the inconvenience’ notices
  • Distributing free bananas, buns and water
  • Even obeying the city’s ‘keep off the grass’ signs

In a place that can seem to run on greed and luxury shopping, everyday people are peacefully working together with the shared goal of securing a brighter, more democratic future.

I love you Hong Kong. My heart is with you and I am following your every step.

Good luck.



22 responses to “I love Hong Kong

  1. actually CCP heavily censor the HK protests other than the official “condemned” version of protests “linked to the US gov’t”. Anything mentioned HK protests in the mainland are censored and deleted. Anyone supporting HK protests in China are arrested. Anyone who CCP suspects are taking to the police station to be questioned. There are rumors CCP using HK triads (mobsters) to blend in Occupy Central and cause violence against HK Police to discredit Occupy Central. However, maybe hired by the CCP someone in a silver Sports Car attempted to run over HK protesters in Nathan Rd and Argyle St. overnight after HK (riot) police use CS tear gas on defenseless protesters.

    expatlingo, I told you that CCP can’t be trusted, period.

    • I don’t think I ever said I ‘trusted’ the CCP. (Historically, I think you and I have a difference of opinion about typical mainland Chinese people, rather than the government.)

      But to your main point, certainly everyone should be concerned about what back channel things the CCP could do to discredit or end the peaceful protest.

  2. True you and I have a different in opinion, but I have been in China, I remember what I hear with regards to the Cultural Revolution, what the CCP did for show in front of the foreigners. What the PRC chinese said in front of me versus to you are vastly different.

    I have been in presence of PRC Chinese outside of China and their behavior is very close to those in China, sometimes very parasitic similar to those PRC chinese in HK.

    I wonder if you can fully read and access Chinese newspapers. I also seen firsthand the interference in US local affairs by the CCP and its embassies.

    Just within the last 48 hours thugs sponsored by the CCP just beat up protestors and sexually assaulted and sexually harassed women in Mong Kok. the CCP hacking the phones and computers of protesters and protester websites. It is not unheard of for the CCP to bugging your room in China and copying your harddisk when you leave your computer in your PRC Chinese hotel room.

    without HK, China would not achieve what they have today. Chinese called ppl in HK brothers when they are in need, and call ppl in HK suckers in other times.

    • I understand your anger towards the CCP/PRC (that is the government, the communist party and its representatives). I don’t trust or respect them either.

      No, I am not Chinese and could never understand your perspective. That said, all people from anyplace are never all horrible. There are always *some* horrible people and *some* great people. And I mean everyday people. Lot’s of Americans are also miserable bastards that also say horrible things about “foreigners.”

      Terrible about the paid thugs in Mong Kok. I’m watching Twitter very closely tonight to see what happens.

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