Liberating Hong Kong from any legal or state power, and from its conflicting histories, will require the simultaneous elimination of colonialism, capitalism, nationalism and imperialism. This is both a formidable challenge facing Hong Kong and a source of liberating potential for Hong Kong: not just to stand in the middle of competing poles, but to find another way to survive. We get a brief glimpse of these new worlds. During the Umbrella Movement, the deafening flyover was transformed into a peaceful camp. Amid the ongoing protests, older Hong
Kongers are on whatsapp database the front lines protecting younger protesters from police, while volunteer medical workers wash the eyes of strangers with tear gas. It is this spirit that enables Hong Kong people to organize quickly and wear masks to survive despite the fact that the government has not taken any action during the epidemic. This consciousness often feels like an invisible new society overlaid on top of the existing old order. This feeling is difficult to describe to economists, party officials, or members of the U.S. Congress and make them understand. I believe this is the real reason why people love Hong Kong so much. Our lives cannot turn into long-term political movements. If not winning Hong Kong's future in our own way, we can at least enrich it with our story.
Hong Kongers turn key anniversary dates into codes: say 8-3-1, 7-1, 6-4, and now 5-2-1. Some of these days represent painful political tragedies, others euphoric moments of shared adversity—each deepening our collective self-awareness. Digital languages like this are not designed to avoid censorship, but more to prevent forgetting. Feeling that the CCP will try its best to use the sand-like disinformation to bury the commemoration of similar events, we need a more imaginative strategy to deal with the future situation.