Daniel Shih, Umbrella or Banana, C8
(Sorry there is no video because of technical problem)
This is sunflower. This is banana. Sunflower. Banana. Sunflower. Banana…Wait! Did I just see an umbrella? Yes, actually there are umbrella not only between them but also across the roads on Admiralty, Central, and Mong Kok. Toastmasters of the evening, ladies and gentlemen. Do you still remember those day and night when students occupied the legislative yuan? Right now, there is a similar movement called “Umbrella Revolution” happening in Hong Kong. Although the purposes of them are quite different, today I’m gonna share about the similarities and differences between two events.
First, jokes. Starting from the first day, there have been many political jokes. For example, the students in Taiwan were criticized by some people as “no competitiveness” which is not true since most of them come from NTU, our school. On the other hand, most participants in Hong Kong are made up of different kinds of people, including students, shop owners, and even taxi drivers. As a result, those who are against the protest could only spread the rumors of “attend one night and get 500 HKD” to the public. Also, similar to the “pat shoulder” scandal, yesterday a memeber of legislative council, which is similar to our legislative yuan, claim the dangerous usage of umbrella since it is used by martial artist, Wong Fei-Hung, to defeat the opponents! Still, keep in mind that both movements have different mascot. One is umbrella and the other is sunflower. Don’t be confused with each other, although they are all yellow.
Second, timeline. Sunflower movement happens because of the illegal way the government and the legislators passing the law. While in Hong Kong, the government did not do anything wrong. It just followed the law the Chinese government ordered. Yet, it is voting system which is not accepted domestically and internationally. Thus, just like Taiwanese students, some people were arrested due to the invasion of Citizen Plaza, causing the wide range of anger and the start of occupying central. Notably, this movement is anti-central leadership. What does it mean? Well, if some protestants were evacuated just like this morning in Mong Kok, in the afternoon the others will begin another occupation just if each other wishes.
However, the most different part I believe is the difficulties. Since of the non-central leadership, sometimes it is hard to find a solution that is accepted by everyone to respond to government’s reaction. Plus, most journalists and reporters were passionated and supported the protestants, but their directors and chief editors didn’t think so, instead cutting the scenes intentionally and depicted them as mob that are harmful for the whole society’s economy. Worst of all, in terms of government’s reaction, our president seemed to be very responsible, holding lots of press conferences and answering each reporters question with Z>B. As for the chief executive of Hong Kong, he chose to hid behind Youtube channel, but ordered his gangsters to attack the protestants in private.
All in all, do you still believe the situation is the same as that in Taiwan? As the time progresses, more and more protestants can not help but staying in their old territory and do not know what to do for the next step. Even though lots of encouragements flood around the world, if possilbe, grab a ticket and share our experience with them. After all, it’s them who advocate “Taiwan Today, Hong Kong Tomorrow” in March. Now, it’s our time to support “Hong Kong Today, Taiwan Tomorrow.”
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