Monday, November 14, 2022

A Glory to Hong Kong-March of the Volunteers mix-up in Seoul has sent Hong Kong into hysterics! :D

The most recent time I've heard the Chinese national anthem
A woman was sentenced in a Hong Kong court last Thursday to three months imprisonment for "insulting" the Chinese national anthem -- the first conviction under a law which came into effect on June 4th, 2020 in response to "The March of the Volunteers" having regularly attracted boos from attendees of such as football matches involving the Hong Kong national team.  Citizen journalist Paula Leung was seen waving the British colonial-era Hong Kong flag while "The March of the Volunteers" was being played at a Tokyo Olympics medal ceremony being broadcast live at a mall after fencer Cheung Ka-long won a gold medal for Hong Kong.  That's it.  
Consider this: Executive Councillor Ronny Tong "refused to accept it’s a careless mistake, saying anyone involved may violate [the] sedition law or [national security law]."  This despite it being entirely possible that the junior staffer tasked with getting a copy of the Hong Kong national anthem did not realise that: Hong Kong doesn't have its own national anthem (despite having such as its own national rugby team, Olympic teams, etc.); that the Chinese national anthem also serves as the Hong Kong (national) anthem; and that "Glory to Hong Kong" may be an anthem from Hong Kong but is not the official Hong Kong (national) anthem!
I have to admit: Junius Ho's comments really did cause me to scoff because it was only two weekends ago that the Hong Kong rugby team played in the same Hong Kong Rugby Sevens that was a major exercise in sportswashing; thanks in no small part to it allowing John Lee and Co to prance around unmasked in Hong Kong Stadium and playing a role in delivering the government's "Hong Kong is back" message.  
And in case people didn't realize it: Rugby isn't exactly a popular Hong Kong sport -- with the Rugby Sevens generally being associated more with foreigners and expatriates rather than locals, and the Hong Kong rugby team tending to be less ethnic Chinese than, say, the Hong Kong football, cycling, badminton and table tennis teams.  So more than one person has been moved to wonder whether the majority of the Hong Kong rugby national team players actually recognized that "Glory to Hong Kong" was being played (rather than "The March of the Volunteers") in Seoul, never mind cared at the time!
On a personal note: I have to admit that it took me a while myself to realize that Hong Kong didn't have its own anthem (since there is a Hong Kong flag, a designated Hong Kong flower and such).  And since I actually have only heard "The March of the Volunteers" played a handful of times in Hong Kong, it's not a song I'm all that super familiar with!
I still recall the time I was at a Hong Kong Philharmic Orchestra concert some years back when the orchestra started playing a piece that most definitely didn't sound like the kind of classical music work that I was expecting to hear from them.  Even more bewildering to me was that some -- but not all -- members of the audience stood up when it was being played.  Truly, it took me a while to realize that the orchestra had elected to play "The March of the Volunteers" on that occasion because the concert took place near October 1st.  And yes, after that, I stopped attending any concerts that took place close to that date; hence my not hearing the national anthem being played at any concert since!  

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