has anyone posted this yet? I love it!
This was perfect
Czesław Niemen - Dziwny jest ten świat (English subtitles)
I still feel kind of betrayed
1. As we know, Hong Kongers are protesting against the latest news that they can only choose their leader from a list of candidates pre-approved by Beijing- a troubling development because China had promised Hong Kong could keep its liberal democratic traditions from under British rule as “Two systems, one country”. The police have responded heavy handedly.
- While mainland Chinese nationalism generally sees Hong Kong (and Taiwan) as a part of China, that’s not the ONLY perspective. Go and ask Hong Kongers and Taiwanese that and MANY of them would disagree. Identity amongst the Chinese diaspora is EXTREMELY fractured. Taiwan doesn’t see itself as the same as China. Many Hong Kongers don’t QUITE see itself as part of China either. Diasporic Chinese elsewhere in Asia have extremely different and fractured identities, and very confusing and contradictory feelings towards our mother country because of how tumultuous our history has been. That is the reason why you can see people all of Chinese ethnicity having completely different views about Hong Kong being “part of China”. There isn’t one person who is really, truly “correct”. What I am explaining here is why though, I resent the idea that we are somehow disloyal if we don’t agree with Beijing.
2. Some background. I am not a HK-er but I am a person of Chinese ancestry. My great grandparents were ethnic Han Chinese.
- They left China in the early 1900s in the wake of the political strife and poor conditions caused by the Opium Wars- caused by the British and other European powers. That same conflict that led to China being forced to give Hong Kong to the British Empire. But that doesn’t mean I support the Chinese government in Beijing. Because, the year is not 1860, but 2014 and so many other things have happened. Because blind loyalty is dangerous. Because buying into oversimplistic arguments that want to portray anti-Beijing dissidents as neo-colonialists and traitors to the “motherland” is a trap. Because sharing the same ethnicity doesn’t automatically mean you have people’s interests at heart.
- Because contrary to what this post seems to assume, people from the same ethnicity can damned well oppress one another and rob them of their right to self-determination.
3. You know what this comment below is calling Hong Kongers?
“A bunch of English dogs”. Because, yes, everything is soooo simple. Chinese govt good, West bad. Two legs good, four legs bad! “Dog” by the way, is often used pretty derogatorily as an insult in China.
- So because they disagree with Beijing, Hong Kongers are “dogs of the English” huh? How convenient. How convenient that they are supposed to support or be loyal to the Chinese Communist Party just because they look like them. So nothing about their policies matter. Nope, nope. The Chinese Communist Party treated Chinese people better than the British because they were also Chinese. So even though Mao caused a disastrous famine that killed anything from 18 million to 45 million Chinese, that’s still better than British rule over Hong Kong.
- So even though the CCP started the Cultural Revolution where millions of Chinese were subject to political witch hunts and accused of being “bourgeois anti-revolutionaries” and caused turmoil and strife that just severely damaged the country and destroyed its education system, destroyed or damaged numerous, treasured historical sites from pre-Communist China- it’s still better than British rule over Hong Kong. Just because.
- While all of this was going on, Hong Kong flourished by comparison. No matter how British rule had certainly problematic paternalistic elements, there was nothing on the level of what mainland Chinese were suffering. Although the circumstances under which Britain obtained Hong Kong were wrong (the Opium Wars), the fact is Hong Kongers were consequently shielded from the worst excesses of Communist China later and generally had it good under British rule. And so many mainland Chinese fled to HK. And are today’s Hong Kongers. To ask for their loyalty after what has been done to their families, many of whom were killed? To call them “dogs of the English” when their own government persecuted them? Is that ironic as hell? Yes, but it is true. With that history, any wonder why Hong Kongers resent the influence of the government in Beijing and tend to view British colonial rule more positively (a very, very rare exception to colonialism)?
So now, wanting civil and political rights, democracy = English dog. Nice. Nice how the rest of the non-white world that is democratic must also be “dogs of the English”. India, which won its independence by demanding and fighting for it from the British Empire, is evidently a “dog of the English” because hey, they’re a democracy too! Sorry Americans, y’all “dogs of the English” after all too, despite the Revolutionary War and stuff. What a cynical oversimplification of why many Hong Kongers are at odds with Beijing, what a way to completely discredit them without realising they have good reason to prefer British rule, as ironic and a bit strange as it is.
4. I’ve seen a lot of comments claiming Hong Kongers are colonised. And disloyal to the “motherland”. And y’know what? All these claims of disloyalty are WRONG because they fundamentally forget… the CCP =/= CHINA.
- THE CCP IS NOT CHINA. And all of us diasporic Chinese have no obligation to support them.
- Because this political party has existed for barely 1/50th of China’s known, 5000 year old history.
- My Chinese heritage is in my name, my family’s traditions, the dishes we eat, how we celebrate Chinese New Year. Not the fucking CCP, which is the GOVERNMENT of China. China is bigger than the CCP. That’s why I can say I am against them. That’s why I understand why Hong Kongers say they preferred the security of British rule, as ironic as it all is. Because it was a fact that they were treated better by a foreign power than mainland Chinese were by their own government. Opposing Beijing doesn’t make me a colonial lapdog. It’s so easy for people to wrap themselves in the flag or history of an ancient civilisation and demand loyalty when it’s a LIE.
being “chinese” is
so much bigger
than just loyalty to these people
5. The reason Hong Kong doesn’t want to be “part of China” is in big part because of the CCP. They have NOT disowned their Chinese heritage. Go there. You’ll see they speak Chinese dialects. They celebrate Chinese New Year. The food they eat is very much Chinese. Culturally, they’ve HARDLY disowned their heritage. Also, Hong Kong definitely benefits from increasingly wealthy, growing and capitalist China.
- Why don’t they want to be a part of China then? Because what they don’t want is this unaccountable political system that already causes a crapload of problems to mainland Chinese being imposed on them. Beijing tries to meddle in their affairs and threatens to roll back their long-held civil and political rights. Because unlike how Scotland has a Scottish Parliament, how Westminster has at least kept its promises to devolved power when Scottish people asked for it, Beijing now insists Hong Kong must choose its Chief Executive from a pre-approved list of candidates. Because it looks like they’re going back on their promise of “Two systems, one country” made when Hong Kong returned to China in 1997.
- Perhaps this is bewildering to Mainland Chinese. After all, wasn’t HK wrongfully taken away as part of the humiliation of China during the Opium Wars? Yes, but the experience of the damage Maoist Communism did to the mainland caused Hong Kongers to start to view British rule more positively. The sense I get is that HK wants to retain its unique political character and not to have the politics of the mainland (and therefore, the CCP) influencing it due to the extremely negative view of Maoist Communism (which colours the modern CCP, even though they are quite different). It has led HK-ers to see themselves as distinct from mainland China. They see it as “colonisation” (I do recognise this word as used by many protesters may be poorly chosen due to how HK even came under British rule) because they think the mainland is trying to impose another system of governance on them and interfere with their right to self-determination.6. China today is the world’s second largest economy because Deng Xiaoping and other more practical minded members of the CCP won a power struggle against the staunch Maoists in the 1970s- and ended its disastrous economic policies. But as much as they have reformed economically,politically, the authoritarianism from the Communist era is still there. And still causing a lot of problems. More reform is needed. Saying Hong Kongers should be loyal to a bunch of people just because they are also Chinese and that they are “English dogs” for preferring the system fostered under British rule, is the most shallow, the appeal to lowest common denominator in politics. Race and ethnicity based politics.
- Nice try, but I’m not going to disregard reality and history, the reality that the Chinese Communist Party is so fucking problematic today in not just how it treats Hong Kong but mainland Chinese themselves even. How it treats Tibetans and the Muslim Uighurs. So the fact that their skin colour is the same as mine negates ALL THAT. What a load of nonsense. Throughout human history, some of the worst crimes have been committed by governments against their OWN people.
- Do you know how much further along and better off China could have been without those two decades of strife, political persecution and famines in the late 50s-70s? The economic progress in China today is because of REFORM. Because China started moving away from Maoist Communism. And they still need to move further away from the authoritarianism of the Communist era to fully realise the potential of their country.
So, if you want to legitimately debate issues, sure. But this attempt at wrapping oneself in the flag to proclaim those angry with Beijing are “English dogs”, this accusation of Hong Kongers or diasporic Chinese of disloyalty, try harder. That’s a false paradigm. Our recognition of our ancestry and heritage is to a much longer history, not to some political party that has barely existed for 1/50th of China’s history that tries to make itself synonymous with an entire culture and civilisation. China existed long before the CCP was even an idea.
And that’s why I support the Hong Kong protesters even though my family fled China because of the Opium Wars. Because blind loyalty is dangerous. Because people who are of the same ethnicity are perfectly capable of oppressing one another. Because oppressor and victim can sometimes wear the same skin.
ARE WE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS HOW SHE FOLDED HER HIJABS TO LOOK LIKE THE HAIR OF THE CHARACTER, THAT IS SUCH A LOVELY AND GREAT IDEA. OHMYGOD
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.
^^^^ YESChina can’t even be considered a communist country anymore and frankly, never really was it’s more capitalist really but if I can be honest though, the above reads a bit like it was ghostwritten by Thomas Friedman or some such. Is capitalism with help from the British really any better? Especially with David Cameron at the helm?
Did you…completely miss the part that BOTH of us talking about this are people who are ETHNIC CHINESE? Don’t disregard the background and experience we speak from just because we’re not all “western imperialism bad!!!” Some of our biggest problems are caused by PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE US. My great-grandparents were Han Chinese. And how I explained that while China isn’t Communist economically, the political authoritarianism from the Communist era (dictatorship of proletariat and whatnot) is still VERY MUCH there?
It’s not about ECONOMICS, alright? It’s about civil and political rights. Economically, yeah, China now brings a lot of business to HK. It’s about a POLITICAL SYSTEM of governance. So your point about “capitalism from the British” completely misses the point because BOTH HK and China are functionally capitalist. The difference is HK has had a lot more civil rights and political freedoms because British rule after WW2 treated its colonies pretty differently from how it did during the Opium Wars and created all that political strife (which caused my family to leave because they were so fucking poor and had no hope of bettering their life). HK escaped the worst of the excesses of Communist China in the 1960s-70s precisely because they were under British rule. Even though things are better in China today, its political authoritarianism causes a lot of problems to MAINLAND CHINESE themselves, as I mentioned. Little wonder HK is wary about Beijing trying to exert power over its political autonomy?
HK wouldn’t have a problem being part of China if China just left them alone politically and let them be an autonomous province or devolved power like the UK does with Scotland. Scotland chose to stay in the Union because they’re getting benefits of trade, because they have at least some autonomy like the Scottish Parliament where Westminster can’t interfere with their elections. China PROMISED that HK would eventually be able to directly elect its own chief executive but now they want to make them choose from a Beijing, pre-approved list.
All POLITICS not ECONOMICS.
I’ve seen some posts making this guilt trip of how the people who like to dress up as a sugar skull or the Catrina for halloween or whatever is racist and cultural appropriation.
Nah, it’s completely fine, as long as you are not totally ignorant about it or disrespectful.
Sugar skull represents the deceased, in a joyful manner. And the Catrina is just a social critic which became an icon later on for the day of the dead and Mexico.
It is not offensive to turn this into a costume or an accessory because it already is, so if you want to dress up like sugar skulls on Halloween, do so, but atleast know it’s value.
Be open minded, don’t even hate, and share this rich culture we have with the rest of humanity, chill.
This post is about that eradicating guilt trip and blaming, and turn it into self awareness
Dubbing in Europe
And here you can see why some people learn languages and others don’t.
i don’t believe whether you dub films or not is that essential to learning a language.
…. I don’t see what one thing has to do with another. Sure subtitles help you get used to another language and what not, but if you aren’t interested in learning it, you just won’t.
It annoys me a little when people insist their favorite characters are perfect angels…
All characters have flaws. Part of loving a character is acknowledging and loving those flaws too. You shouldn’t have to ignore those points or rewrite them with your own headcanon.
How can people NOT love that part it’s the best part and it’s a flaw!!
Terrifyingly good Portal short film
I hit play and three seconds in a flung myself towards the screen.
MAAAAAAKE WAAAAAAY FOR GIOVAAAAAAAANI.
This is the best use of cosplay ever.
The Rockets should use this as an advertisement campaign.
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utism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”