Friday, October 29, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Difficulties with leaving home safe in a city where mere words are adjudged to be national security threats
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Cases dropped, cases and complaints not pursued, and one that's sadly ended in the conviction of five university students
I do not agree with the law itself, nor do I feel I have done anything wrong. Simply put, I do not think this is a reasonable sentence. In the eyes of some people, “the law is the law, and if you break the law, you need to bear responsibility”. Others may also believe that the court’s ruling proves that the protesters’ behaviour is wrong, and their actions in vain. But I believe that authority does not equal correctness...
Under a totalitarian regime, the law is only a bloodless but violent tool of the authorities to control the people, and the court is not a place of justice. In such a place, only attention is being paid to social order on a surface level, but the root cause of what is tearing the society apart is ignored. When the penalties for political cases get heavier, some defendants will plead guilty or appeal to the judge, in order to reduce their sentence, but this does not necessarily mean they agree that the current law is moral or just.
The judge may point out that if you are not satisfied with the ruling, you can appeal. However, I no longer believe in Hong Kong’s judicial system, and even the highest courts may not listen to the voices of dissidents.I just want to take this opportunity to express my dissatisfaction. If the court hears what I have said, and believes that it is justified in giving me a heavy sentence to make me regret and reflect, then it will be just as it is.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Since the 2019 demonstrations, no police have been prosecuted. Whether it's my case or the case of a cop driving a motorcycle through a crowd, or attacking a pregnant woman, or pepper spraying someone for no reason, the DOJ should have easily been able to prosecute the officers”
Thursday, October 14, 2021
So it was against my better judgement that I decided to go check out Zero to Hero, a Hong Kong-Mainland China co-production starring and co-produced by Peter Chan Ho-sun's wife, Sandra Ng. And I must admit to mentally bracing myself to be disappointed by this cinematic offering when its opening scenes were indeed set in Mainland China rather than Hong Kong.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
When I first came to HKU from Shanghai for an interview more than 7 years ago, the Pillar of Shame represented everything about HKU and Hong Kong that was different from mainland China. I saw it as a promise of what was possible at an HK university.
More recently, I have been going out of my way to pass it on campus to reassure myself that it was still there. No matter how bad things were, at least we could still have this emblem of open critique and historical memory.
It was bound to be taken away at some point, but its removal will feel (for me, at least) like the end of the HKU I believed in, the university I was so excited to join seven years ago.