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Stay strong, Hong Kong!

2019/7/24 — 21:04

photo credit: 香港連儂牆 Lennon Wall Hong Kong FB

photo credit: 香港連儂牆 Lennon Wall Hong Kong FB

A touching piece by Karen Cheung that I relate to in many ways. Though perhaps my emotions manifest more in a great sadness than in anger. But you know me.

I left last year my home by birth, roots and emotion. It was the most traumatic experience of my life because it was a decision I never wanted to make. But there comes a point in one's life when thoughts turn overwhelming to children. Whilst my wife and I are prepared to die for the dignity of our home, we could not with a clear conscience sacrifice the future of our children. 

We found ourselves asking questions no one should ever feel a need to ask: Is Hong Kong anymore a place that fosters the values and relationships that were so important in defining who we are — in our understanding and relationship with authority, the press, the law? Do I trust my national government not to use my children as a means of pressure? Given what is known, what we had experienced and the record of China, could we afford to stretch the limit of doubt?

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Yuen Long on Sunday reminded me why we felt we could no longer stay. I continue to find myself in tears following news from Hong Kong. But there are other emotions. The most negative of which is the disgust and, yes, anger at those who choose to remain blissfully blind to the suffering of others. 

As Hong Kong has suffered, I have found in the hearts and actions of some Hong Kongers the very greatest expression of humanity. But I have also been surprised and frankly shocked to find also the very opposite: a meanness, selfishness, and close-mindedness, all too often manifest in ego, that deserves nothing but contempt. Compared to the UK, or at least my experience of the UK, I continue to find in Hong Kong both the very best and the very worst.

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Leaving Hong Kong broke my heart. It broke a part of me that will never mend. When in late 2018 I told a small gathering of friends of my decision to leave, I found myself also pleading for understanding. I was called a coward by some. Others no doubt thought similarly of my leaving. I understand why some may think this, but I know too that they do not know the full extent of the pressure I and my family were under. However I also made a promise, to myself and to all those whose friendship and respect I value. 加油 they said. And yet every day since my heart continues to feel heavy.

To Karen and Elson, 我們將克服. Stay strong, my talented and beautiful friends.
 

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