The Overseas Hong Kong Media Experts Association (AOHKMP), founded in May, held a two-day seminar on “Rebuilding Overseas Hong Kong Civil Society” in London, England, on June 11th and 12th. ..
Shi Shan of the Epoch Times, a political critic in Hong Kong, arrived in London early. Shi was invited by Jospeh Lian Yizheng, the former editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, to conduct an exclusive interview / discussion to provide a preview of the event to Hong Kongers. Lian explained the purpose and importance of the event while discussing the succession and development of Hong Kong culture abroad. He specifically focused on the importance of revitalizing the “Yellow Economic Circle.” The Yellow Economic Circle means companies that supported the democratic movement during the 2019 protests.
Many people participated. There were many immigrated Hong Kong media experts and commentators, including Steve Vines, the English host of former Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Former TV screenwriter, commentator, Stephen Shiu. Scholar Simon Shen Xu-hui and former RTHK radio host Tsuang Chi-ho. They all gathered in the UK for the “Rebuilding Hong Kong Civil Society Overseas” conference.
Fight for democracy while establishing a self-sufficient economic system
In an interview, Lian Yizheng said the two-day seminar was very well received due to the number of people who signed up online. “Every day, the traffic on foot is between 1000 and 1500 people. I don’t know if agents from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) occupy seats, but this event lasts more than 6 hours every day. Continue.”
This event was not just a symposium. The preview stated that there was commercial activity.
Lian Yizheng explained that the concept of this service arose because the venue was far from the commercial center. For the convenience of the participants, the organizer provided two days’ worth of food and light meals. In addition, to make it easier to care for the children who came on the trip, the organizers also bought small items to entertain the children so they wouldn’t get too bored.
Such commercial activities have raised the question of whether the association organized a carnival. In response, Lian frankly said, “These activities have a deeper purpose. The concept is to encourage merchants to support the Yellow Economic Circle on the anniversary of June 12. ..
Lian also wanted them to be able to develop a self-sufficient economic system while fighting for democracy.
Lian Yizheng specifically stated that during the 2019 Hong Kong anti-delivery movement, “Yellow Shop” merchants (professional movements) protected protesters during the worst and most violent times. They always served food and drinks. After the movement was over, these yellow merchants were oppressed and harassed by police and gangsters. As a result, many yellow stores have been closed or moved away from Hong Kong.
Lian was very grateful to the yellow shop for helping the protesters. The mission of the Overseas Hong Kong Media Experts Association also considered the exiled Hong Kongers and whether they would be like Jews. Jews inherit and maintain their own cultural and national pedigree. He also shared hope for the resilience of Jewish culture and the Hong Kongers who own its economic power.
“The Jews left their homes for 2000. After 80 generations of inheritance, they were able to maintain their culture and awareness. Finally, they dreamed of their dreams. We were able to realize and take advantage of the opportunity to return to rebuild their own country. Most importantly, they maintained their strength and culture, “Lian said.
Lian admitted that besides the CCP’s intervention, there was his own negligence, which led to a misunderstanding about the case.
Lian remembered that the first promotion wasn’t perfect. It caused the misunderstanding that he was organizing a “carnival”. Lian said he reminded everyone that it was a wake-up call and he should not treat or promote the June 11th and 12th events as a “carnival”.
Step on a cultural heritage to avoid losing generations
Shishan personally experienced anguish. During the 1989 democratic movement, a group of students (young people) from mainland China arrived abroad. After about 30 years, very few groups survived the storm. How can Hong Kongers learn from their lessons?
Lian Yizheng openly admits: “There was a pioneer who studied abroad and published a book in the 1970s. The book talked about this issue. Almost all of the exiled and foreign movements disappeared in a generation. It’s scary. He was able to submit a lot of historical evidence. “
Therefore, he called on Hong Kong asylum seekers to seriously consider the strength of inheritance. “How strong would it be if all the exiled communities came together? It certainly wouldn’t go away for generations. Every minute is important.”
CCP’s split tactics have caused distrust among foreign groups
From a cultural studies perspective, she couldn’t stay 30 years later, even for Chinese students who went abroad for the 8964 Tiananmen Movement, and even for established groups such as the Civil Human Rights Front and the Democratic Alliance. I searched for the reason.
He believed that one of the reasons was the growing distrust among people due to the penetration of CCP.
Falun Gong also said that Falun Gong was one of the groups that had been persecuted by the CCP for 23 years. He found that the most important difference between a democratic movement organization and Falun Gong is the practice of cultivation where Falun Gong has spiritual core values and strengths. Therefore, their ability to distinguish between lies and facts and avoid divisions.
She reminded the Hong Kongers: “These tactics of infiltration by CCP are effective. Whether you are a local Hong Konger or an overseas Hong Konger, you must remain sensitive to not fall into their circle. The Yellow Economic Circle is also where the CCP will hit hard and will definitely happen. “
Lian agreed that a friend of the movement wanted to understand the mission of his event and the development of the Yellow Economic Circle.
He explained: “When someone asks if 6.12 is a serious event and if it should have a commercial element, we’re not just using the event for profit. On the contrary, I We want to develop the economic foundation of the movement to support the development of the movement. “
Lian said he was accused of accepting the US dollar and the pound sterling, supported by foreign forces. Country. I want to be financially independent. “
Hong Kongers are culturally diverse and different from Cantonese
In an interview, She Shan and Lian Yizheng talked about the characteristics of Hong Kong culture. Lian thought that Hong Kong’s culture was diverse. It contains deeply rooted Chinese culture and over 100 years of Western tradition. And don’t forget the American influence after Britain left in 1997.
With the intention of television in the 1960s and 1970s, Japanese culture also influenced Hong Kong through the television drama series.
Hong Kong’s cultural origins and composition were diversified and not a single composition.
Lian mentioned how Hong Kong inherited the culture of southern China. Cantonese itself, a cultural factor in ancient China, retained many elements from ancient scholars. When Cantonese arrived in Hong Kong, new elements and cultural implications were added. In particular, the witty vocabulary of the youth used today has been added.
She had a deep understanding that the Hong Kong language had become a unique culture. Hong Kongers are different from Cantonese.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for Hong Kongers, both domestic and foreign, to communicate.
After the enforcement of the Hong Kong National Security Law, more Hong Kongers have emigrated abroad. Can Hong Kongers abroad still stay in touch with local Hong Kongers?
She is worried that the recent story of the Hong Kong government’s suspension of Telegram may be just the first step. Later, they may ban Whatsapp or other communication software programs. The user may be arrested. Will communication between domestic and foreign Hong Kongers become more difficult?
Lian said: Prior to the reform and opening up of the 1960s and 1970s, it was impossible to distribute information between China and abroad. They had to use all kinds of channels to communicate. After listening to the news on Central Radio, foreigners stripped off to get a real picture of what was going on in China. He was also worried that the more left the CCP would be, the more difficult it would be to distribute information.
Hong Kongers abroad may need to rely on gossip from people from Hong Kong to learn the truth.
Nina Wong contributed to this article.