你我的香港,共同的家园 Our Hong Kong, Our Home

2019-09-28 07:13:52 来源:北欧时报

Our Hong Kong, Our Home


“Oh, Mom, just like the Cheetor keeping watch at night in front of the `grand palace, I am insignificant socially but significant geographically. However, now the vicious sea lions are exerting themselves on my body, biting my bones and flesh, gulping my fat; oh, mom, I cried and screamed but got no reply. Oh, mom, hold me with your arms. Oh, mom, I wish to return.”This is one of the seven poems titled “Song of Seven Sons Lost”, written by Wen Yiduo, a well-known scholar, in the year of 1925. The song was composed with great sincerity, lamenting the cession and lease of seven territories of China to foreign countries, of which Hong Kong is one. Seven territories were ceded or leased to imperial powers. The grief over the past and hopes for the future expressed in the poems inspired generations of Chinese, bonding them together for a better future. 

History showed no pity on the impoverished, weak China, nor did China’s tolerance and concession free China from foreign powers’ invasion. Only an unbending nation in solidarity could earn respect. On July 1st, 1997, Hong Kong, Pearl of the Orient, returned to China under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, ending the more than 100 years of British colonial rule, marking the end of an old age and China’s century of humiliation. It represents the new development of the anti-colonialism movement in East Asia. The return of Hong Kong marks the beginning of a new era, signifying the termination of the label “British Hong Kong” and the return of “Hong Kong, China”. It tells the huge difference in the overall landscape of the world between 21st century and the past two centuries(19th and 20th centuries). The difference is that Asia rises as a whole and China rejuvenates as a civilization. The gloomy chapter in history is gone and East Asia is witnessing a period of steady growth, a consensus among all East Asia countries. This is what the time offers to Hong Kong for its continuous prosperity and stability

Social order and National dignity

Gandhi once observed: “The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy.”. But no responsible country could tolerate the anarchical reality in that violence could spread like wild fire. The spreading violence means the collapse of social order and a disaster to people’s life. When it comes to a specific area or city, the disorder would be more prominently shown that there would be a shortage of water, power failure, and no supply of food and even not a single drop of gas oil could be found. What’s worse, group attacks are everywhere. All this could throw everyone into a crazy situation totally different from rosy imaginations. In real life, people are supposed to abide by social rules and regulations. For any one who doesn’t want to plunge into a Yugoslav War-like tragedy, he or she should make their own rational choice, that is , to see family members live in peace rather than fight in chaos.

It is impossible for everyone to have a similar view of country and society because of their discrepancies in perception. However, it is a common sense for people to stand in others’ shoes when it comes to the understanding of a situation. We cannot imagine an New England district in the US full of cities under British colonial rule or a USA where the internal and foreign affair would be unpicked by the British government. If every move of American policemen would be scrutinized, criticized and even scolded in the “Occupying Wall Street” movement, could the US be still called the US? Can we imagine when the government of Spain was coping with the Catalonia issue, not a single country from Europe and America would support Spanish government? And if that is the case, what would the EU and Spain be like? 

It has been our belief that with the economy in Chinese mainland growing and people’s living standard rising,  Hong Kong would better enjoy the great benefits brought by Chinese mainland’s development and prosperity as the two economies are increasingly converging. These gains would benefit local people from middle and low class more, especially youngsters who are striving for a better future. We always believe that China has the wisdom learnt from the history to eventually address its own internal affairs because today’s China is not what it was in late Qing Dynasty over a hundred years ago when imperial powers could do whatever they wanted to do, and the UN-based world order requires that countries treat each other on a equal footing and not be other’s teacher.

Unite for the rise of China

Most solid fortresses collapse from within. This is true of Troy and especially true of Rome Empire. China, as an ancient civilization with time-honored tradition, developed and prospered because of internal solidarity and shared mission. However, it is the internal disorder and lack of shared goal that result in every decline and chaos.

The Manchurian Incident 88 years ago inflicted great pain on every Chinese for the loss of territories. This is not as much a consequence of China’s poverty, weakness and debility as that of a fragmented society. However, the moment the whole nation embarked on the war of resistance against Japanese invasion, Chinese nation becomes an entity in great solidarity. With the inspiration and encouragement from the song “March of the Volunteer” Chinese nation achieved the magnificent victory in the end. This is not just the country’s victory but the victory for every citizen.

During the war period, Hong Kongers contributed their own strength to the course of the war against Japanese invasion. In 1941, a beggar went to a hotel nervously for something to eat and what surprised him is that a waiter offered him a bowl of fried rice. The scene was captured by a report on the spot and featured in newspaper. In the interview with the hotel manager, he said: “being patriotic regardless of poverty or rich and we treat those patriots who come to eat in my hotel like others”. This story triggered the “a bowel of rice”movement. In this movement, people from all walks of life in Hong Kong bought 2 yuan coupon and they went to eat fried rice in several sponsors’ restaurants with the coupon although they could enjoy several dishes with the coupon in other places. The profits went to China Industrial Cooperation and were taken a relief funding for victims in northwest region. In only a few days, through this movement 25000 HK dollars were raised. On January 25th, 1942, Japanese army occupied the isolated Hong Kong. Since then, Dongjiang garrison for resistance against Japanese army had been fighting and established “Gang Jiu Independent Team” which launched the famous “Secret Rescuing by Gang Jiu”. Among those rescued dignitaries, there are patriots He Xiangyi, Liu Yazi, writers like Mao Du, Xia Yan and Yuan Shuipai , literary theorist Hu Feng,  famous newspaperman Fang Changjiang and Zou Taofen, Master of Chinese culture Liang Suming, to name just a few. The list could go on. From the list, we can see the ardent patriotism in people of all walks of life. They made great contributions to the continuity of Chinese culture in war times.  

Time changes but the initial commitment remains the same. In this increasingly complicated world, we are in a shared community where we as a whole prosper when everyone prospers and we as a whole decline when everyone is in decline. We, together with people from different walks of life in Hong Kong, strive earnestly to safeguard this Pearl of the Orient---Hong Kong. Nowadays, the US are constantly withdrawing from international organizations and the UK prolonged Brexit is still underway. Amid such chaos and confusion, we Chinese should unite for the rise of China.