stonewall 50

 

it has been a busy june in hong kong. while cramped an occasional irrelevant post like the bread post into the fin-du-mois line up, this one jolted the hong kong protests aside as  june 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of of the stonewall uprising. the struggle is far from over if one looks at the gender, social, economic, racial, etc. discrimination directed at lgbqtsti people, still rampant and sometimes vicious.

just like the poster of audre lorde project reads “the history of stonewall is trans”, and to that we should add people of color (i.e. latina/o/x, africans/blacks in usa’s problematic lingo) as a substantial number of them were  among those courageous enough  to revolt against the police raid.

as with many movements, those who pushed through the front line, the most radical, the most marginalized did not see or had benefited minimally from the fruits of their struggle. sylvia rivera actually had relaunched street transvestite action revolutionaries  (S.T.A.R.) a year or so before the end of her life, if that’s benchmark to show how much and at the same time how little had been achieved, for the marginalized within the margins of the lgbtqtsti people.

with corporate pride events choking major cities, let’s not forget the trailblazers, the most discriminated among the discriminated, the STARS that they are, twinkling in the distance with their blessings. on the 50th anniversary of stonewall and looking ahead for lgbtqtsti rights, we need their visionary lights to guide as in the never ending quest for social and economic justice.

ps  alp’s statement:

grounding today with reflections from the past

 

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年復一年,八九的中國學生運動以至後來的天安門血腥鎮壓已經三十年。寫在今天六月尾,彷彿六四的維園今年那在又熱、又濕的集會是這個月反香港政府的惡法(逃犯條例)大規模遊行示威的前奏!其實前奏、後續的對比或關係並不重要。20190604_205836.jpg

20190604_210017.jpg重要的是三十年前學生、工人等對改革開放的訴求、追求,和他們部分人犧牲了生命,是應該世世代代牢牢記住!20190604_210106.jpg燭光不滅

20190604_221118.jpg三十年 了, 但 人民不會忘記

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Nanjing and Minnie Vautrin

uncovered from my draft entries, last modification dated  13 déc. 2017 03:32.

she might or might not be a significant figure of the expat and missionary communities in nanjing china in the world war ii era, what is written on her and her personal experience will sure be a part of the war / massacre / peace / never again narratives for a turbulent era. her name is Minnie Vautrin.
Minnie Vautrin

so here is what I penned around the christmas season  of 2017:

what to write or not -rthk late night documentary repeat had an episode on the massacre in Nanjing, sooming my focus in and out throughout the 50 plus minute, a missionary’s story caught my attention – Minnie Vautrin 魏特琳. Reading this in December when everyone walking into shopping centres got bombarded with jingles make the contrast more vehmenly sad. Vautrin, probably suffered a nervous breakdown from witnessing so many people dying around her, took her life within a year of returning to USA for a sick leave.

today, 14 may is the anniversary of her suicide.

Minnie Vautrin 's tombstone

海員俱樂部再發展

只是一兩個月冇經過中間道旁的小徑,驚見海員俱樂部搭起拆樓嘅石屎支撐加工字鐵承起嘅上蓋。在網上翻查一下,原來舊年已經尋找地產發展商協作再發展。簡單、非龐然大物嘅建築,係旺區如尖沙嘴要抵得住改變、擴展嘅命運可謂難過登天!

外觀

vi iv wikileaks cable

June 4 is around the corner. After years of controversies with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange still in sort of house arrest, at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it  came to my attention recently that some cables actually are related to the events surrounding the student uprising and culminating into the massacre on 4th June 1989.

 

The number of students killed might be different according to different accounts. Nevertheless, i felt chilled to the bone rereading some tense moments in the city through a “laowai”, whose mobility was probably more than the average citizen and was sure that minimal casualties through his eyewitness account were  at least in the hundreds in this sad saga of Chinese politics and reforms.

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/89BEIJING18828_a.html

 

勞工節講人命

人命值多少錢

勞工節講人命

一篇講靈異事件的文章,駭人聽聞不是見首不見尾的疑似鬼怪。讓我震驚的是1976-1980四年之間,香港的地鐵工程奪去了四條寶貴生命。再隨便想想西九龍icc 六個人跌落升降機槽斃命,到最近港珠澳大橋安全架掉下淹死兩名工友,幾十年來基建都係血肉搵番嚟的!

從示威看到政府仍然係無牙老虎,不能保障為社會成就默默付出的一群。零傷亡是很卑微,既艱難但應該達到的尊嚴要求!

from capitalistic middle and uppper class hipster sh*t to civil disobedience rage.

So this has been a weekend loaded with activities I attended haphazrdly. The Kowloon City Bookfair, which is running its 6th annual leg, finally fit into my junky, over-the-head, boisterous music-by-the-habourfront weekend. Organised by young literary connoisseurs, back by a creativity-oriented high school, a think tank, etc., the bookfair is a mélange of talks, roundtables, flea market, mini-bookfair and a mini-concert. Free of charge to everybody, coarse but ever-evolving, it’s what this overcrowded and over-developped city needs if Hong Kong were to slow down and smell some roses, or fresh air!

Thanks to a random gift of kindness, I set foot in West Kowloon waterfront for Clockenflap, probably the last time in a while by the West Kowloon waterfront since constructions will be swung into actions in the coming years.

My previous impression of this “music festival” has been some gweilos replicating rock concerts spiced with burning man. Upon entering I was upset with the overfloated plastic recycle bin with all types of trash. A day later however, a politically charged performance by “my little airport” sort of eased my displeasure. Well, in a non-perfect world, room for improvement is the key!
books_n_veggies

sleep

clocken-junks

occupy hong kong 2014 (i)

This might be the first in a series, for a duration not yet known, on the latest civil disobedience in Hong Kong in 2014. Let’s build up curiosity by looking at media, especially state media first!

Maybe Russia and China really are secretly in love, or are they not-so-secret buddies?

Russia Today said “protest turns violent” at the title of its piece posted September 28, 2014 16:33(Moscow time?)

http://rt.com/news/191324-hong-kong-protesters-clashes/

even though it did use the words “pro-democracy” in the report.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray on a crowd of pro-democracy protesters who ignored warnings and blocked the city’s main highway. The violence came after several days of student protests.

Meanwhile, China’s official news portal labelled the protest “spun out of control” http://www.china.org.cn/china/2014-09/29/content_33643206.htm

Agence France Presse en español wrote one of its headlines”

Manifestantes prodemocracia paralizan puntos neurálgicos en Hong Kong

https://es.noticias.yahoo.com/manifestantes-prodemocracia-paralizan-puntos-neur%C3%A1lgicos-en-hong-kong-074511202.html

Paralyse it we should, not neuro-logistical centre of Hong Kong, rather the injustice of puppet electoral systems, oligarchy and neoliberalism! Can we?

below: screenshot of online spreadsheet of the call for supply materials at the occupied sites
online spreadsheet of call of supply materials in the struggle

Écosse sous le microscope

Un pays Écosse libre?
Si c’était un jeu, les habitants du Québec et de la Catalunya seraient tellement jaloux de la situation à l’heure actuelle.

Personellement je pense que le Groenland a une chance plus solide avec le Royaume du Danemark que toutes les regions ou nations ou pays mentionnés ci-dessus.

Face au néolibéralisme, est-ce une vrai différence dans un Écosse indépendant? La vie des Écossais sera mieux? On ne sais plus, et on la verra!

Mon avis? Je n’aime pas des empires, surtout l’hypocrisie de tenir toujours Gibraltar et les îles Malouines ( ou Falkland Islands) et parler d’une société juste!

drapeau écossais

drapeau écossais

8 heures de travail

2014年的五一勞動節前後於網上找到差不多一世紀前的舊照片: 歐洲在1919年爭取8小時“標準工時”的海報,在一個世紀後的亞洲居然一點也不過時。真諷刺!

1919年 我們只要8小時 ;en 1919, on veut 8 heures seulement

1er mai, Journée internationale des travailleurs

J’ai tombé sur cette photo de 1919 quand la lutte était pour 8 heures de travail par jour? Malheuresement, Un siècle plus tard, en 2014, en Asie, dont la Chine et Hong Kong RAS, il n’y a pas des heures ‘maximum’ fixées par semaine. Plus loin en Europe, le taut chomage augmente sans arret, tandis que les Asiatiques, ou même des gens ailleurs travaillent comme des chiens avec des heures supplémentaires contribuées mais rarement recompensées! Ou est le progrès alors?