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.
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT GUYS LISTEN UP
If you like dogs, have a dog, or happen to be a decent human being then please, please, PLEASE listen
Harlan are the UK’s last remaining breeders of beagles for use in experiments.
This company breeds beagles for the purpose of selling them to laboratories and universities and keep ‘donor beagles’
These dogs have their blood regularly drained and sold to laboratories and are subject to numerous experiments.
Some of these experiments include ‘toxicology experiments’ which entail the dogs wearing muzzles and being forced to inhale toxic substances such as cigarettes, bleach and oven cleaner.
If they aren’t killed during experiments, they’re eventually deemed useless and euthanised.
A former employee reported to the Sunday Times that these poor beagles:
• are being punched and kicked by employees
• have profanities shaved into their fur and their faces daubed with felt tips
• are kept in dirty, cramped pens
These beagles are born to endure such a high level of pain and suffering that they self harm, kill themselves or each other.
These beagles are being used in experiments because they are vulnerable and controllable and can’t make it stop.
If you’re a decent human being, please don’t just ignore this and bury your head in the sand because THIS IS HAPPENING TO PUPPIES RIGHT NOW and it takes less than 2 minutes of your time to bring them closer to seeing sunshine, breathing fresh air, going on walks and being loved and cuddled by someone who wants to take care of them
Please stop these poor dogs from suffering. They don’t have a voice to stop their pain and get help, but you do.
Please, be their voice, and sign here: PETITION
For more information: Click here
I’ve seen some posts making this guilt trip of how the people who like to dress up as a sugar skull or the Catrina for Halloween or whatever is racist and cultural appropriation.
Nah, it’s completely fine, as long as you are not totally ignorant about it or disrespectful, we Mexicans also celebrate Halloween, we break the piñata (which origin is Chinese) And celebrate thanksgiving.
So it’s kinda hypocrite to say it’s cultural appropriation (which is not either way) cultures are beautiful and should/could be shared, there are indeed some aspects that can be racist and or appropriating, however dressing up as a sugar skull on Halloween is not in any way offensive.
It’s not like the sugar skull represents us, represents the deceased, and actually it’s just a joyful way to represent them. And the Catrina is just a social critic which became an icon later on for the day of the dead and Mexico.
Be open minded, don’t even hate, and share this rich culture we have with the rest of humanity, chill.
BLESS! Yes, please please feel invited to dress up and celebrate this Halloween or Day of the Dead! There’s much more behind this wonderful holiday and I’ll make some posts here for you guys who are interested, but this is perfect as an introduction <3
i wanna point out that this person is mexican, from mexico, and there are sooooo many white people or western people speaking for the culture right now it’s ridiculous
like they provide links and sources to everything and all people are doing are…literallly…speaking…over…them………..a mexican…from mexico….
My city is in chaos.
This is what’s happening to Hong Kong right this minute.
It is difficult for me to put into words, but simply put, University students started a class boycott movement demanding democracy and universal suffrage from the Hong…
White men can take nations but they can’t take a joke
This is a generalization.
case in point
Is this the Hong Kong that we know?
Is this what should happen in Hong Kong?
Is this your impression of Hong Kong?
Please, spread it around the world now and let more people know about the issue, as this should not have been happened in a city like Hong Kong.
I can’t believe this is the place where I live. I feel so heartbroken for our city. This is not the Hong Kong I always know. We want our voices be heard, but the government won’t listen. The protesters are unarmed, but the police used pepper spray and fired tear gas against them. The protest is supposed to be very peaceful, but the police turns the protest into riot.
Today, September 28, 2014, is the darkest day of Hong Kong.
White protestors came out in force tonight to protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Black lives matter.
I swear if nothing goes down to them, the whole point will be proven.
When Miranda was teaching a classmate to say “posoh” and “ketapanen” on January 19, her teacher scolded her. Native News Network reported her saying “You are not to speak like that! How do I know you’re not saying something bad? How would you like it if I spoke in Polish and you didn’t understand?”
The words Miranda was chastised for translate to “hello” and “I love you” in Menominee.
old news, but still gross
And THIS shows you why most Native American languages are either extinct or endangered.
I was at the zoo the other day and there was this fucking goose trying to act likE A FUCKING FLAMINGO
this made my day its so adorable
"Get Well Soon, Seungri”
Fan art by angieangiek
BREAKING: Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson MO Get Pummeled By Police Officers After Their Chief Marched With Protesters
- I think the #ferguson PD is aggressively attacking protestors because they assume @CNN @ABC @msnbc & @BarackObama no longer gives a damn
- Chief Jackson did this. His officers did this. Women were attacked. He said he was marching with us. Lies..he set us up #ferguson
- And Chief Jackson didn’t do ANYTHING to stop the attacks and mayhem. DID NOTHING! #Ferguson
- LOTS of cops out right now. A short clash with the police after arrests were made. Live Feed Here: http://argusnewsnow.com/live #Ferguson
Fuck the police. Seriously. All this to protect a murderer.
But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot
This is what an apartheid looks like.
YOU GUYS THIS IS SO IMPORTANT
Chief Jackson and the Ferguson police intentionally caused real harm tonight. Faked compassion then police swooped in & brutalized people.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing)September 26, 2014