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World Story of Hong Kong 05

2018/7/13 — 20:45

❝I left the city for several years... Upon my return home, I found myself going around in circles not knowing where to begin... I found myself straying far away from school in search for meaning and happiness, I found myself on a beautiful beach one day, but its beautiful bronze complexion was tainted with trash, making the children of the sea sick. I committed myself to beachcleaning and collaborated with NGOs and the Legislative Council. In a collective effort, we made legislative change happen.... I found comfort in knowing nature and animals still carry on despite our recklessness and the burden it places on them. They bring us together despite all our differences. I stopped running in circles and I’m able to focus on painting my appreciation and draw inspiration from animals and nature because of these experiences.❞

【Author: Cynthia Chung (a Hongkonger who used to study aboard)】

Cynthia Chung (23 years old) is a staunch believer in the fusion of art and digital media as the most powerful tool to inspire change. She is passionate about animals, conservation, books and art. She is currently working on an upcycling project and in the past, contributed articles to the Legislative council of Hong Kong and media outlets such as The Closeteur, HK Magazine and Ecozine while completing her final year of her journalism and sociology degree at The University of Hong Kong. Prior to university, she studied in Canada for three years, she’s glad she’s back home now, reunited with her six sisters, parents and cats!

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I was born and bred in this fast-paced, lively city, it is been hard to keep up with everyone else. I grew up at the speed of lightning, racing my way to the top, in a ferrari sputtering black dust, competition to get standardized accomplishments. I find my heart racing and haggling with my mind often, reminiscent of my salad days: weaving through the wet markets, listening to bartering and inhaling the dank smell of raw meat. Those days make more sense to me now.

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I left the city for several years, scored straight As in my final exam, which landed me a place in the University of Hong Kong. Upon my return home, i found myself going around in circles not knowing where to begin. 

I found myself straying far away from school in search for meaning and happiness, I found myself on a beautiful beach one day, but its beautiful bronze complexion was tainted with trash, making the children of the sea sick. I committed myself to beachcleaning and collaborated with NGOs and the Legislative Council. In a collective effort, we made legislative change happen, I wrote a speech and painting for a legislator in the elephant ivory trade ban conference. We also collaborated on a project to protect a unique beach in Hong Kong called Sham Wan on Lamma Island, where the endangered green sea turtles migrate to every year from the end of May until the end of October. We successfully passed the motion as a team.

I found comfort in knowing nature and animals still carry on despite our recklessness and the burden it places on them. They bring us together despite all our differences. I stopped running in circles and I’m able to focus on painting my appreciation and draw inspiration from animals and nature because of these experiences. 

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On the flip side of the coin, I had the honour to witness people come together to fight for democracy. Bravely calling out the erosion of the “one country, two systems” promise made during the handover, reminiscent of the days of the Tiananmen Square. I learned my country’s history through about the people who sacrificed their lives for the future generations and see how the spirits of the vanguards of democratic social movement glow as if light, rising up from the silent graves, reincarnating, including the voices of the media, local legislators, students, and allies in Britain. From all walks of life, converge to engage in a power struggle to turn the tide as authoritarian rule attempts to take the helm in Hong Kong.

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The last vestiges of democracy will disappear and the unwanted guest will rule the house with an iron fist, it does not respect human rights, suppresses peace and quells independent thinking and expression of any kind. The authoritarian rule that seeks to oppress their people and destroy their dreams scares me so much. 

Recent events concerning the kidnapping of five booksellers for running the “illegal business” of selling books banned on the mainland, then having them appear on televised confessions to humiliate them; the imprisonment of young leaders for assembling like-minded people to discuss our visions for the future of Hong Kong; disqualification of young legislators for being independent thinkers. Denial of Benedict Rodgers, a human rights and democracy advocate for Asia and Hong Kong from entering our home. The co-location program that seeks to stiffen border/ immigration control with the implementation of mainland policies in Hong Kong as well as the revision of Hong Kong history curriculum to exclude 1967 leftist riots and 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

Severe human rights abuses that control much of the country is now spreading to our territory. Our guardians are standing in front guarding our house, we need to back them up.

We can’t let them relegate our bright future leaders to the margins of history. For democracy will go extinct if we don’t do anything to save its guardians and believers alike. Democracy is like an endangered animal, maybe a northern white rhino, something we need to protect with our lives so that the future generation will know that it exists, the beauty of the creature, the exploitation it has survived because it resisted, the rangers who sacrifice their safety and lives for them. We need that hope and to know it’s something sacred that makes the world a better place. 

I can’t predict the future but i know it’s in our hands.

[July 12, 2018]

 

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