January 9, 2020

"Comrades from everywhere are bringing more food to the dinner. The more we eat, the more food there is! The more you arrest, the more people will come out to cook for our comrades!"

A quote from "Tear-Gas Gelato, Foul-Mouthed Mooncakes and Other Foods Fit for a Revolution/How the Hong Kong democracy movement feeds on the city’s distinct identity" by Laurie Wen in the NYT. Wen is writing a book about the Hong Kong democracy movement. There are a lot of photographs — by Kiran Ridley — and I highly recommend them. If you withhold clicks to the NYT, now would be a time to overcome your resistance and go there for the photographs. I'm especially fond of the second one, which I will preview for you with a screen shot that shows about 20% of the image:

18 comments:

Lucid-Ideas said...

The groypers are taking over. It does better as a symbol and a meme in China than elsewhere. Frogs are an auspicious animal and bring good luck because of their fecundity.

whitney said...

Stop the senseless cruelty of withholding clicks

Birkel said...

The people in Hong Kong resist those in Beijing who have the power to destroy. The people of Hong Kong understand that giving power to people who hold your lives trivial is a terrible thing. The protesters in Hong Kong must risk their lives because too much power is held by the central government. That's a recipe for disaster always and everywhere.

I won't click on that link.
I won't patronize people who hate me.
If the Acela Corridor people had the power they would act exactly as Beijing does.
No.

Mary Beth (the commenter) said...

Pepe and pokemon.

Lincolntf said...

If you follow anyone on Facebook, follow Michael Yon. He's an indy journalist who has been pretty much everywhere, currently in HK. He livestreams whenever there is "action" in the streets. Fascinating to watch.

Rusty said...

I have friends in HK. They hit the streets every day to protest the CCP and emperor Xi. Free Hong Kong.

cacimbo said...

Odd, I hadn't realized white supremacists are leading the Hong Kong protests.

Nichevo said...

I won't click on that link.
I won't patronize people who hate me.
If the Acela Corridor people had the power they would act exactly as Beijing does.
No.

1/9/20, 6:26 AM


It was a good story, Birkel. I interrupted the page download halfway to beat the pay wall. There are other ways.

It was the kind of story they can write when they feel like it. And yeah, the Pepe signs were funny. Less funny was the 17 year old girl and her friends going out to the quarry to mix Internet-recipe Molotov cocktails and test their throws, and then whatsappping each other, because they were scared, and deciding to all write their wills.

Nice to see the New York Times supporting freedom in Hong Kong. Now do America.

Lucid-Ideas said...

@cacimbo

Just like the recent attacks against Jews in NYC and elsewhere, these would be defined as white-supremacists-of-color.

Mr. Majestyk said...

The HK protesters make me feel unworthy of enjoying the freedoms of America.

rcocean said...

NYT's needs to attract more female readers to a boring Foreign Policy story. Solution: Food. Next week: How the HK protests are really about Abortion.

mikee said...

Eventually the tally in HK of those arrested for protesting will equal the numbers of those protesting, and the protests will cease. God help them.

Here's hoping the rest of the population of China is watching, and learning of their own eventual fate under the Party, and deciding that the Communists no longer have the mandate of the heavens nor of the people.

Here's hoping that in a few years, former membership in the Chinese Communist Party brings an automatic death sentence, or at least a life term in prison work camps being re-educated.

Phidippus said...

Is that a pink poo in the foreground?

No, I'm not clicking through to find out.

Rusty said...

Blogger Mary Beth (the commenter) said...
"Pepe and pokemon."
Blogger cacimbo said...
"Odd, I hadn't realized white supremacists are leading the Hong Kong protests."

It may have a totally different connotation in that culture. They also know that it represents going against the entrenched power that want's to silence them. When your dad joins you in protesting and your mom delivers food to you and your friends the status quo is over. Neither China or HK will ever be the same again.

Fernandistein said...

"Knowledge Like[s] Pants
Invisible but very important."

CJinPA said...

This will not end well. That's what I think. It seems the protesters are enjoying the acclaim that comes from the western media with these things. Protesting is cool! It gives you meaning!

I very well may be giving them less credit than they deserve. Apologies, if so. But my gut tells me China won't let this go on, and there is nothing the world will do to stop them from crushing it.

NYT tells me I have one click left. I must withhold.

Narr said...

Not going there. I think a lot of those protesters, besides being white supremacists, could be Libertarians.

Narr
Shudder

mikeski said...

Is that a pink poo in the foreground?

With the yellow bit underneath, I'm pretty sure it's a soft-serve ice cream cone.

I'd say "strawberry", but you never know. Maybe adzuki bean or something.