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.
Brand new Legend of Korra book 4 this Friday and guess who’s gonna be in it?!
Another way to present the 9 types of intelligence as exemplified by my How Do We Measure Intelligence post.
The basic idea is that different people are good at different things. These 9 probably don’t cover the wide range of smarts we all possess, but it’s a start.
As Albert Einstein said, ”Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
And God said, “This will be wonderful”
Then, taking on the form of many actors, he conjured the divine play
And soon forgetting what he did, he became lost in his own creation
And the actors began to wonder what came upon them
And some will remember, bursting into laughter
"I am He!"
They don’t shout it too loudly
But after some time in contemplation
They go out to spread the Word
i still cant believe my baby’s all grown up and going to save china.
In all honesty, I don’t think the Kuvira we saw in Book 3 had any intentions of ruling the Earth Kingdom.
I’m guessing she began to argue with Suyin more and more, trying to encourage Suyin to take over the Earth Kingdom as queen. But Suyin stood by her principles and refused…
Crash Course Big History Intro
I’ve bashed chakras in the past, because there’s just too much new age woo woo surrounding them. People think if they get some crystal they can align their chakra and realize enlightenment or something. That’s all nonsense. However, I do recognize chakras as having some validity.
There’s energy flowing through the body that concentrates at particular points, like the head, the heart and so on. You can feel it if you are in tune with the flow of energy in your body. These points are called chakras and sometimes they get blocked by emotional tension. To clear away this tension, one has to let go of it by facing it with acceptance. When the tension is cleared, the energy flow is restored to its natural way.
With spiritual awakening, emotional tension is overcome and the energy flow of the body returns to its natural order. This is similar to saying the chakras have been aligned and cleared.
I’m not really into chakras that much because the idea of the chakra system has been highjacked by hippies. I don’t want to have to deal with their mess and dumb ideas about it, so I just avoid talking about it all together.
The Legend of Korra is back with new episodes every Friday on Nick.com and the Nick app!
Here is the Book 4 trailer Bryan and I personally oversaw. This being the final season, we wanted to create one last awesome trailer. But we couldn’t have done it without Jeremy Zuckerman’s score, Chris Hink’s editing, Matt Gadbois’ motion graphics, and Matt Cawood and Joe Alessandra's CG work.
—And all the great work from our Burbank crew, and Studio Mir and Studio Rev in Seoul.
So stoked to share this with you!