I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.
You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.
Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.
A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.
On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.
So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.
As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.
Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.
First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.
Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.
You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.
Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.
Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.
The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.
Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it.
and now for tumblr to ignore all of that and accuse you of “internalized racism” because you dared to think for yourself and tell you the evidence you gathered is somehow wrong
God… this is beyond KAWAII
Quite possible the greatest tweet ever written.
Why does tumblr have all of these false analogies lately?
I MADE THIS AT 2AM AND FORGOT ABOUT IT AHAHAHA
all text posts in october must be
formatted like this
WHATS THIS MOVIE!?
I WISH I KNEW!!!
The name of this movie is Top Secret
Dude, top secret is such a good movie.
this movie has an entire bar fight sequence that takes place underwater
for no reason at all
next date night movie
OCTOBER IS NEXT WEEK
OCTOBER IS THIS WEEK
OCTOBER IS TOMORROW
I am a big Thomas Pynchon fan. Having enjoyed a lot of his books from the tiny “The Crying of Lot 49” to his massive tomes “Gravity’s Rainbow”, “Mason and Dixon”, “V” I never thought I would see the day where one of his books would become a movie. For a long time even Thomas Pynchon seemed to find any adaption of his work to be impossible, having told someone they could make a “Gravity’s Rainbow” opera only if they used one instrument: the banjo.
Yet here in a new century, new millennium, things have changed for Thomas Pynchon. He has started writing very prolifically with “Against The Day”, “Inherent Vice” and “Bleeding Edge” all delivered within a seven year period (really fast for a guy who previously released one book a decade for most of his career). It sort of makes me wonder if all of these more recent efforts were things he had been working on for years. “Against The Day” and its sheer length suggests the work had been going on for quite some time. “Mason and Dixon” probably my personal favorite, with its obsessive attention to language, history, and geography, appears to have taken roughly twenty-two years to get fully together.
“Inherent Vice” is considered by most Thomas Pynchon fans to be a sort of nice mellow introduction into his world. I am pretty happy that Thomas Pynchon has finally given the go-ahead for a movie to be made from one of his books. Judging from the trailer I feel that a lot of the intense energy he has in his books has actually been effectively translated onto screen. Plus having Joaquin Phoenix as the lead does not hurt either as Joaquin Phoenix is basically told to be as crazed as possible.
Honestly I want the movie to be the success I know it can be. I am still shocked that there is a film made from one of Thomas Pynchon’s novels. The talent looks impressive. Additionally I like the fact that even though this is one of Thomas Pynchon’s ‘less insane’ books a lot of the maddening plot still seems to be there. Right now it looks like a cross between “The Big Lebowski” (which is what the book itself reminded me of when I read it) and his usual paranoia/goofball work.
Not sure if this is going to be the thing that introduces Thomas Pynchon to a larger, typically non-reading audience. I hope it does.
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