Tuesday, September 11, 2007 

Politics with a Conscience

Finally, here comes the long awaited news.

"Anson Chan, Hong Kong's former top civil servant and an advocate of full democracy for the city, will run for a seat in the local legislature in her first attempt at elective office," Bloomberg reports, "giving a significant boost to a push for full democracy by 2012", International Herald Tribune writes.

``I need to put my money where my mouth is,'' Chan said. ``I've been espousing universal suffrage and the values that I think have made Hong Kong a great international city. This opportunity is one that I cannot let pass.''

``You need a political platform to make your voice magnified and heard,'' Chan said at a press briefing in Hong Kong. ``This by-election has come at a very crucial time in Hong Kong's history. We're engaged in this consultation exercise on Hong Kong's constitution.''

"I want to make Hong Kong people feel that they have a role and they can shape the future of constitutional reforms."

"If elected, she pledged to avoid a "head-on collision" with Beijing, build a constructive partnership with the SAR government and end the icy relationship between the central government and pan-democrats," The Standard reports.

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check BBC News, VOA News, IHT News for updates.
Myanmar military regime is arranging trip for Mr. Gambari to Myit-Kyi-Nar City of Kachin State which is in northern Myanmar. That news is coincided with the news received yesterday, the regime backed USDA (Union Solidarity and Development Association) is forcing people to join faked protesting to trick UN Special envoy Mr. Gambari. People around the country believe that the regime will try their best to trick Mr. Gambari to ease international pressure.
Today, there were troops in the downtown Yangon. They search every bag and if someone got caught with camera in it, they would arrest him. They arrested anyone that they suspect - even the locksmith from Annaw-ya-htar Road was arrested. Received this news when the Internet connection was back for a while.
We would like to urge people around the world to request UN that UN special envoy Mr. Ibrahim Gambari to meet with the real people (NOT with the people arranged by the Junta) through hotline and email. Otherwise Mr. Gambari will only see skyful lies of Myanmar Junta.
Mr. Gambari MUST GO TO Yangon. People are dying and protesting at Yangon. Naypyidaw is a ghost town where only government officials and generals reside. Please… if someone from UN reading this message, contact Mr. Gambri NOW and insist that he must see Yangon. Help us!! Help Myanmar (Burma).

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007 

More about Queen's Pier and the Conversation Movement in Hong Kong

Originally uploaded by chong head

An excerpt of some thoughts about Queen's Pier posted on InMediaHK, translated from Chinese into English as follows:

Regardless of what the outcomes are, this scene will be written
in a story that is worth transmitting through our mouths and ears.
Even though the government would deny this history
I would still tell my future children
tell them that students who come to Hong Kong to learn a lesson about the society:
that once in upon a money worship era
a group of friends had used their flesh to fight against the government
If it was not for their fight for more than a year
the so-called collective memory would have long been forgotten by pleasure indulgence
and it would not have forced the government to rethink about conservation

However, what they strive for is not collective memory whatsoever.
This is only a one way narrative by the government and the media.
They strive for a public space
a space that allows the voice of the people from the bottom up.
A territory that once belonged to the Royalty and the Governor of Hong Kong
It is now a place where any citizen are free to hold any activities.
In the future it will belong to big shopping mall run by a hegemonic government and capitalist.
That's why for the people, not only for oneself, the fight has to go on.
They, all love this Hong Kong.


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Monday, July 30, 2007 

Star Ferry and Queen's Pier: So Sad to See You Go...

Originally uploaded by chong head

Chong Head's photostream: "The Queen's Pier is an important public space and historical building in Hong Kong. It is a part of the architectural complex built in the 1950s and 1960s when this city came into its modern age despite under the colonial rule. It was place for the arrival of the English royalties and colonial governors. Since the late 1960s, it has become a gathering place for ordinary people. Now the Hong Kong government is going to demolish it for making more rooms for real-estate developers and the commercial sector. A group of people have fought for over eight months to preserve it and attempt to stop the government's bulldozers. It has become the most famous historical preservation movement in Hong Kong history. This illustration is depicting a queen-like girl sitting on the roof the pier."

I am kind of aware that Star Ferry has ceased operating for quite a while. But little did I know that the entire Star Ferry Pier in Central has been demolished to make way for reclamation. I am shock and feel a great sense of loss. The Star Ferry, the Pier and its surroundings (Maxim fast food store, the SCMP bookstore, the taxi and minibus stands, etc.) were all a part of my life.

Equally shock is that very soon, Queen's Pier, a place I also used to walk by quite often, will be gone as well and will only exist in people's memory.

All these brings back the memory of another complete destruction of a neighborhood that I once lived in. Although that destruction brought a much nicer looking neighborhood, I hate to see the complete disappearance of a familiar place, and the people and their way of life that made that place so special and so dear to heart.


seem that HK goverment also got the habit of not-respecting-the-history :(

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Sunday, June 03, 2007 

i remember

Scanned copy of front page from Wen Hui Daily, June 5th 1989. Courtesy of [email protected] and her grandpa:

"This is [a fact] that time, power and money cannot twist...," [email protected] wrote, and I can't agree with more.

But what worries me these days is with so many attempts by people in power to propagate twisted versions of history, young people in Hong Kong and on the mainland who had no direct and personal experience of that part of history may easily be brainwahsed, as Derek at Mask of China recently commented, to believe that no injustices were inflicted 18 years ago.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 

Hong Kong will never be the same again

Via competitionforce.hk, a commentary titled "This city will never be the same again" by Steve Vines, originally appeared in The Standard. Vines reviewed the Hong Kong Chief Executive Election which will be held today (Sunday) in Hong Kong and points out the uncertain options ahead for Hong Kong's road to democracy.

"In other parts of the world, a special place in hell is reserved for journalists who confidently predict election outcomes just days before they are announced. Lamentably, this does not apply in Hong Kong, where the result of Sunday's chief executive election has been preordained. Yet Sunday's result is only one part of the story, because it seems increasingly likely that a variety of other results are not so predictable.

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will be elected to a second term in office, but will he claim that he has secured a popular mandate? Or will he, more modestly, assume that he has the mandate of only the few hundred who were allowed to vote? Surely the temptation will be to claim a wider mandate - one justified by high ratings in public opinion polls.

Such a claim, however, carries dangers because it would lead to the question of why the new chief executive was claiming a popular mandate while refusing to put it to the test - in a real election by universal suffrage.

Meanwhile Mr Tsang's opponent, Alan Leong Kah-kit, can also make some sweeping claims about success in this election. He can say that he succeeded in creating a competitive poll, that he made an impressive showing in the televised debates and forced the incumbent onto the defensive in explaining his policies.

Yet Mr Leong's participation in the campaign has widened, or at least publicised, divisions in the democratic camp. A minority of pro-democrats believe he has betrayed the campaign for universal suffrage by taking part in a small-circle election."

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