Let's have another talk about Hong Kong and it's protests. Before you watch above or read the transcript and articles tomorrow you may want to
1. Read the Hong Kong word list
2. Watch the Hong Kong Protests vocab YouTube (which has the word lists words in the same order).
3. Read the article which I got the words from (again in the same order).
Until tomorrow; watch, read, write, learn, and enjoy.
Here's your transcript and links to the articles:
Welcome, welcome. Let's talk about Hong Kong. We haven't talked about it for a while, so
let's revisit it. Hong Kong - remember the Occupy Protests. Everyone with their brollies out. They've all gone home and gone away and gone back to what they were doing so it's all
over. What's happening now?
The leader of Hong Kong, he just made his annual address, his annual policy address; and
he aligned Hong Kong more and more with China, so that's got everybody up in arms again. He announced that there were going to be 480,000 apartment units to be built over the next ten years. Have you been to Hong Kong? I don't know where they're going to put 480,000
apartment units. The only place I can see is Lantau Island or the top of the new territories. It's already chokka. So he announced this. He announced that more elementary and middle
school students are going to have to do some study in mainland China, and the Education
Board is reviewing the history, the world history, and what they're going to teach regarding
China. You can see where this is leading. They're changing what the children are going to
be taught, so who knows what's going to happen. People are still protesting, kind of. There's still flash mobs in Mongkok, umbrella protesters.
Next story - free press in Hong Kong? Or maybe not so much anymore. Of course there's no free press in China, and China would love no free press in Hong Kong. Recently journalists have been assaulted, newspapers and publications are censoring their reporters' stories, or
the reporters are selfcensoring because they know they can't write what they want anymore. Advertisers are shunning publications that might irritate the Chinese government because
they just don't see it as healthy for their business. During the Umbrella protests, the journalists alleged they were getting pepper sprayed a lot, getting targeted by the police, and there
were 28 attacks on journalists during the Occupy movement from protesters who felt that the journalists weren't putting across their side of the story. So the journalists - they're kind of
caught between a rock and a hard place. Can't please anyone.
But tourists don't mind because they're still flocking to China (mistake. I meant Hong Kong);
tourism up 12% last year to 60.8 million visitors. Admittedly 47.2 million of them were from
mainland China. The countries with the most visitors to China were first, Mainland China;
second, Taiwan; third, Korea; fourth, Japan. Korea just went over Japan this year. The boss of the Tourism Board, he says, "We will send the message that the tear gas and Occupy
Movement are over." If I was him, I wouldn't be so sure.
Have a good day. Transcription up tomorrow. Bye bye.