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"Politically corrected" textbooks in the New Hong Kong Era

Source: InMedia #Sep04

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"Politically corrected" textbooks in the New Hong Kong Era

6 publishing companies amended their #LiberalStudies textbooks after "inquiring" the #EducationBureau for comments in August 2020. Journalists discovered that some contents are removed, including #June4th, #CulturalRevolution, #MongKokCivilUnrest, #LocalConsciousness and #HongKongIndependenceClaims.

In November 2020, then-Secretary of Education, Kevin Yeung, announced to reform the Senior Secondary Liberal Studies (LS) syllabus. Course content was re-organised, and some were removed in order to grow students’ national identity with a mainland visit opportunity.

Less than a year later, the new subject “Citizenship and Social Development” replaced LS in school curricula. However, its textbooks were only approved in June 2022. Journalists discovered that the new books did not only modify a few photos or comics, but completely overthrew statements made in past textbooks. Notable changes include stating that Hong Kong was “not a #colony”, and the #AntiELAB movement was “an illegal incident that is violent and endangers national security”.

In the new era of Hong Kong, are the textbooks becoming "politically correct"? InMedia found #LiberalStudies textbooks published between 2014 and 2020, and compared them to the new #CitizenshipandSocialDevelopment textbooks.

Under the new syllabus, concepts including "#CivilDisobedience", "Separation of Powers", "4 levels of the Rule of Law" and "Multiple identities" are removed. Topics that took their place are #NationalSecurity, #NationalIdentity, and #NationalAchievement. The topic of Rule of Law no longer covered #RestrictionofLaw, #HumanRightProtection without affecting others’ rights, social order and national security.

Additional materials are taken mainly from official government sources, such as Information Service Department and blogs of government officials. Students are no longer required to discuss topics with controversial views. They only need to answer questions such as “Why does the National People's Congress interpreting the law not affect judiciary independence?”

Source: InMedia #Sep04

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Protests has erupted in multiple cities across China, including Urumqi, Shanghai, and Wuhan.

Source: HKReaderXWriter #Nov27

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Protests has erupted in multiple cities across China, including Urumqi, Shanghai, and Wuhan.

Some protesters even chanted "CCP, step down" and "Xi Jinping, step down". Others recited the slogans from Beijing's lone protester at Sitong Bridge last month:

No lies, we want dignity
No cultural revolution, we want reforms
No dictator, we want the vote
No more being slaves, we are citizens

Videos and photos of the protests are shared by liberal Chinese netizens. Some had hashtagged their posts with "Liberate China, Revolution of Our Times".

Some protesters were seen holding up blank sheets of A4 paper, devoid of any slogans. Some had written messages on theirs: "What's so scary about blank paper?" "I'm a Chinese youth, not foreign powers".

Shanghai police has reportedly begun arresting protesters on the streets. The crowds responded with resistance as they retreated.

On the Clubhouse platform, protesters hosted a live feed to show the situation around them. They urged their audience to share their message, just as Iranian protesters did, so that the world can see their efforts.

Nearly a thousand people watched the live feed, some leaving comments that they should emulate Hong Kong protesters' "#BeWater" tactics to avoid casualties. Others predicted Shanghai will be under a heavy curfew by tomorrow. One commenter shared a Mandarin version of Hong Kong's protest anthem "#GloryToHongKong".

One of the hosts said that the most precious lesson she learned from the Hong Kong protests is "#DoNotSplit". She called on other protesters not to criticize each other, but instead respect each other's decisions.

Source: HKReaderXWriter #Nov27

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Video: Chinese Students Gathered to Mourn Urumqi Fire Victims and Questions Lockdown Policy

Source: Facebook page #Nov28

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Video: Chinese Students Gathered to Mourn Urumqi Fire Victims and Questions Lockdown Policy

On the night of 24 November, a fire broke out in a high-rise residential building in Urumqi, China. The fire killed at least 20 people, including several children, the youngest of whom was just three years old.

Online footage of the rescue effort shows workers in white protective clothing breaking down fences and barricades that had been erected around the building due to China's zero-Covid lockdown policy. Many Chinese on social media are questioning whether the lockdown blockade was hindering rescue.

The incident led to an outbreak of mourning and protest activities in many parts of China. At Nanguang College of the Communication University of China, students held up plain A4 paper sheets. They sparked a "white paper revolution" to mourn the fire victims in Urumqi. On 26 November, another online clip showed campus students gathering in mourning, lighting up the night with their mobile phones and chanting "Long live the people, may the dead rest in peace."

Source: Facebook page #Nov28

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Chinese Students in Hong Kong Mourns Urumqi Fire Victims, Protests Covid Lockdowns

Source: #FirstHand #Nov28

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Chinese Students in Hong Kong Mourns Urumqi Fire Victims, Protests Covid Lockdowns

In the evening of Nov 28, students from Mainland China gathered in Central to mourn the victims of the tragic fire in #Urumqi last week. Dozens of Mandarin-speaking young people joined them, bringing flowers, candles, and blank sheets of A4 paper.

Some had handwritten messages on their A4 paper: "R.I.P. Urumqi"; "For Urumqi victims and all zero-Covid policy victims"; "The bell tolls for thee"; "Not anti-CCP, only anti-lockdown"; "reform, freedom, human rights"; "Let all who have courage speak up".

Police arrived to record the identities of attendees, and spoke on loudspeakers to remind citizens not to violate the anti-gathering restrictions. At its peak, the mourning crowd grew to over 100 people, gathering in Theatre Lane in the center of Hong Kong's business district. Speaking to reporters, many mourners expressed their discontent with the anti-pandemic measures in their homeland of China, saying that the lockdown barricades hindered the rescue efforts and contributed to the tragedy.

Source: #FirstHand #Nov28

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HKUST Students Held Memorial for Urumqi Fire Victims

Around 9pm on Nov 27, mainland students at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (#HKUST) gathered at the seafront in memory of the victims of the fatal apartment fire in Urumqi. They laid down paper cranes and candles, arranging them to form "11.24", the date of the fire. Students also placed candles and memorial messages at the university's north gate.

One person came dressed in the white protective gear often worn by Chinese anti-pandemic personnel who carried out lockdown and testing procedures. He marched from the seafront to the north gate, carrying a sign parodying the notices left on Chinese websites after being blocked by censors.

Source: HKUST Student Union Facebook #Nov27
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#UrumqiFire #A4Revolution #ChinaProtests #hkustsueb