Welcome, welcome. Please do enjoy my YouTube clip about the problems resurfacing in Hong Kong. The original Hong Kong Protest word list and YouTube clip are here for your reading and viewing pleasure. The link to the story I got all the words from is of course at the top of the word list, like it always is. The words are in the same order in all three, like they always are.
The transcript and links to the articles from the YouTube above will be up tomorrow.
Good morning, good morning. Welcome to Vocab Voyage for the morning.
A couple of things first. I've changed my blog homepage. If you go there and have a look
(the link's in the comments), I've got a link to my Facebook page. I've got a link to my Vocab Voyage website, which is all in Japanese so you can read all about what we do. So that's
Second, I know my production value of these videos isn't that good. It will get better. I'll go
down to Big Camera and try and find some better speakers, and a better camera.
To the business, Hong Kong. We haven't talked about Hong Kong for a while. It's been three months since the barricades came down, and everyone went back home to their studies,
and their work. Or did they? They're coming back out again. It's Chinese New Year at the
moment. A lot of anti feeling towards China from Hong Kong people
Recently at a shopping plaza called New Town Plaza which is very close to the border,
(maybe it's next to that terrible Lo Hu Checkpoint I used to hate going through; I used to live
in China for a year and half), a lot of young Hong Kongese have made a point of going thereto harass the Chinese shoppers.
You see, heaps and heaps and heaps of visitors (40.7 million last year), come to Hong Kongfrom China, and they like shopping. So they all come to places like this New Town Plaza,
and all the Hong Kong students and young people are standing outside with signs saying,
'Away with the locusts and the barbarians'. Locusts are the little insects, thousands of them
come along and land on plants and then fly away and the plants dead (they just eat
everything). Barbarians? It's fairly strong, insulting kind of stuff.
So shops were closed, the pepper spray came out, and it all turned to custard fairly quickly.
A newspaper aligned to Beijing, Wen Wei Po, they are talking about the Hong Kong radicalswaving a British flag, and 'inciting the foul culture of Hong Kong independence'. So it's
getting pretty nasty.
Someone else on their blog, they wrote, 'We should name Victoria Harbour MaozeDong
Harbour. That's one thing I never understand about MaozeDong. I read his book. He was a horrible man. He did awful things.
Next story, at the Oscars, the best original song was 'Glory' from a film called 'Selma' about antislavery in Alabama. It's sung by a rapper called Common. In his acceptance speech he compared the south side of Chicago (I'm not sure what's happening there), France and their fight for freedom of expression (that will be talking about the Charlie Hebdo) where they can'tsay what they want, and Hong Kong protesting for democracy. So the Hong Kong peoples
cause has been championed at the Oscars.
A little sidenote at the bottom; Kenny G (you have to be as old as I am to know who Kenny G is), he plays the saxophone a lot in China on tours. When he was in Hong Kong he
flashed the peace sign to the Hong Kong protesters. Soon after that he said, "No, I take
back my peace sign". He recanted what he said because he got told off by Beijing. Kenny G the yes man.
Finally, Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. But not Happy Chinese New Year if you're
Chinese. This is kind of the same as the first story. The Hong Kong locals are really hating
on the Chinese, calling them locusts and barbarians.
They blame them for many things. First one, they blame the mainland Chinese for raising
real estate prices (that's happening in New Zealand too). They blame the Chinese nationals
for coming down and filling up the birthing wards in the hospitals. They blame them for
buying all the baby formula (hence the locusts we talked about before). And they blame
them for letting their babies poo on the street. (to be fair, when I was in China, more than
once I did see babies pooing on the street).
So that's at the shopping malls, in public and at the hospitals. At the university, there's a lot
of Chinese students at the university (again, much like New Zealand). Recently there was a girl who applied for, or ran for a student council position. She turned out to be mainland
Chinese, and everybody labeled her pro Beijing, and a lot of nasty, nasty things were said.
Finally, China is thinking about introducing national education in Hong Kong. That's
educating all the young people about what a great place China is.