2014年9月25日 星期四

Ch1

It seemed like something was pending. The very strange call was clearly heard. It came from a very far distance, arrived in no more than a few seconds, even it wasn't even shorter. Then we thought we had been trapped, duped by something we do not recognize. It was a hoax, and we had been tricked into it. We lost in it, by contributing too much, giving out too much, and sacrificing too much. Then the parasitic thing seemed to absorb all what we gave them, without repaying what we had suffered. It seemed like an eon had pasted by, and we did not know what has happened to our efforts and all our sweat and blood. The truth was hidden behind the mist. We are too blind to penetrate the heavy obstacle of vision. Then the very moment when we are lethargic, gradually aggravated into enfeeblement, we looked upon our life, all about giving and working, for something unknown. We often forget what our goal is. The thing had emulated the goal very well that we believed all we work for is for the thing. But at that very moment, in our dying moments, it would disclose to us its notorious, evil nature. Cruelty and brutality are what lies in it, and beside it always goes merciless and injustice. We cried and lament, but they are of no use. Our destiny is cemented at the very day we came into the world. No hope is left. Nothing can escape from the thing.

Life.

2014年9月22日 星期一

Hong Kong Boycott 22/9 2014 (News article by SH Lam)

Boycott

It is very overt now. There was a metamorphosis happening in front of our school gates. In these few days, we can notice the existence of big black banners laying on the ground, and people standing nearby distributing small yellow ribbons, with the words spoken again and again sempiternally as we students walk by. “Please support the boycott! Please support the boycott!” Despite our hardest effort to wipe this slogan out of our mind, this thought is still lingering inside our hearts. Should we participate in this event? This is the common conundrum.

This article will delve into this enigma.

The proposition of this boycott was conceived by several democratic activists in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism, two activist groups organized by students. They prepared to organize a week long pro-democratic boycott starting from 23th September. Students participating the boycott are advised to join rallies and to attend public lectures which will be held in major parks near governmental offices.

What is the reason leading to this proposition? Within these several months, the debate of Occupy Central has been attracting more and more attention. The discussion of whether solid actions has to be made to request the Chinese government to grant Hong Kong genuine universal suffrage in 2017 elicits an augment of attention from the mass media. Activists groups who planned Occupy Central are trying to proliferate and disseminate their message that everyone is involved in this major political event, including secondary students who were considered to remain callous towards political matters.

These are the details and background of this boycott. Today, we are facing the dilemma of whether to exercise our own rights to speak for Hong Kong’s future or to remain idle and follow the conventional chores of a secondary school student.

Although we may not be able to make a choice without further meditation, we do certainly witness something significant and new in this whole event – the serious participation of secondary students in political matters.

This can be seen in two ways. Firstly, the boycott is organized by several democratic activists groups in Hong Kong. As I’ve mentioned, the major role is played by secondary school students, who formed the activist groups and conceived of this idea. During the preceding days, we can see them standing on stages, delivering vehement speeches like a governmental officer, and shedding tears like a revolutionary hero. With excellent cooperation and ability, they have already done something we can’t believe. They have amalgamated a large group and supporters together and spread their message well enough for people to believe that they are serious about the boycott and Occupy Central. Secondly, it is lucid that all secondary school students are affected by the new of the imminent boycott. Due to the brilliant propaganda skills of the activists, there shall be students being attracted and will join the boycott in Tuesday. Although it cannot be asserted that the response will be significant, the participation of at least a few students is imperative.

So it is discovered that a new element will be added to political events and discussions nowadays. A decade ago, this certain type of situation is radical. A question may evolve that why such aberrant situation in the past turns out to be lucid in this era. What are the reasons that substantiate the emerging political force formed by school students?

In my sentiment, there are three factors contributing to this situation.

Firstly, students are more aware of their civil rights. According to the Basic Law of SAR, everyone has the right to enjoy the freedom of speech, including citizens of all age groups. They are allowed to articulate their thoughts about the present political situation in a high level of freedom. This certain message has been picking up awareness in these few years. Secondary school students understand that they also have the right to speak up for their own intentions, and therefore begin to be more aware of the politics of Hong Kong.

Secondly, there was a recent trend of blending secondary education and the Hong Kong political environment. Since the introducing of HKDSE as a displacement of HKCE, Liberal Studies has been one of the subjects that are compulsory for secondary students. The curriculum of this subject requires a fully understanding of the society and the political environment of Hong Kong. In order to gain more experience and knowledge to fully equip them for the HKDSE, students may consider devote time and effort to really participate in these political events. Even those who are lethargic and tend to sit and study also start to develop personal opinions towards certain issues. Therefore, students are allowed to think more and even act under the influence of the new examination.

Thirdly, students adopt the notion that they are the future of the society. According to recent respected researches, a majority of the major governmental officials in Hong Kong are of a relatively old age. As they are pending towards retirement, it is an imperative that the younger generation is going replace the older generation as the next government in Hong Kong. This belief bolsters secondary school student’s confidence and willingness to strive and have themselves involved in politics.

As a conclusion, the increasing awareness of rights, modern education and strong belief are some of the major factors contributing to secondary students increasing participation in political events, including the recent boycott.

If we live in a different era, in a different Hong Kong, perhaps a few decades ago, it would seem impossible for a boycott run by students happen in this piece of land. But today, everything has changed. It is certain that in the imminent future, we will see more and more political events run by Hong Kong Federation of Students or Scholarism. Secondary students will appear on out television screen more frequently, even until the day they step up and rule this piece of land. When the time has come, it is inevitable.

But what comes before us now is not the imminent future we conceived of. We are already facing the enigma of whether we should participate in this boycott or not. This we will have to go with your heart, whether you should follow your intrepid passion or your logical mind. However, I do like you to answer a few question before you ascertain your decision.

1.    Do you think the boycott is effective in persuading the Chinese government to change decisions?
2.    Will you guarantee that the boycott will only be held in an appropriate and peaceful manner, with no latent violent events sprinkled along the process?
3.    Do you assure that your intention of achieving universal suffrage will come true, even if you did not pay the effort?
4.    Which one do you think will be the best decision in improving your future life, attending school or joining boycott?

Make your rational decision today.

2014年9月20日 星期六

More about me

I've been searching in the web to find if there are ways of broadcasting my blog. It seems like a lot of them are invalid and are useless. Although the deterrence is there, I do my best to find more people to read this. Although it may end up unpopular, my passion in writing will always be there, even if my skills and grammar are horrible and outrageous.

I have two Youtube channels. One is my very personal account which is idle (I can still remember the password, though). It is "Shing Hei Lam", the same name as the google account I use in this blog. There is also the "lam volcanolam" one, which I often use to upload music videos. It is more active and has more features. I hope you can support my channels and listen to the mv I post.

I have a simple website used to store web materials: http://volcanolam.comxa.com

Thank you for reading! Follow my blog to find more new exciting contents!

2014年9月18日 星期四

First Blog

So, this is my first blog. What should I say?

There are a couple of things.

First, I'm not a native English speaker. I come from Hong Kong( Yay!), and the english level in Hong Kong has been deteriorating in a rapid rate these years (too sad), especially in the teenager age group, in which I am in. Recent years I've been trying to improve my English skills. I memorized vocabs. I read classical novels. I type formal words on Facebook. Although all these came into effect and propel me to one of the better english students in my school, I believe there are still many to learn, for I still can't be comparing myself with students from other countries. You may even see grammar mistakes and awkwardly-sounded sentences in my posts. I hope you can accept this because I am improving!

Secondly, I wrote books. I wrote a few, but I didn't published them. I do not have the intrepidity to face humiliation and disparagement. Perhaps I often compared myself to those great authors in the books I read. I do not favor modern novels. I think the old, classic ones possess more vocabulary and good sentence patterns, and more in which I can learn from. Due to this reason I always push myself to the limits, swallowing vocabulary and spit them out, thinking for a whole while before writing down every sentence. It isn't good. I want to do more in my books. I want to ameliorate my attitude of writing. Therefore, I see this blog a brilliant chance to achieve this goal.

Thirdly, I love blogs. I believe blogs are something else, even though its popularity has been diminishing year by year, it is something more treasured than Facebook and Whatsapp and those other communication medias. In blogs, you really write. I don't know what the situation is in other countries, but in Hong Kong it seemed like there are no actual communication at all in actual life. Even in those communication sites, the conversations are frivolous and trivial. Real conversations can be developed in blogs.

So now, that's all I would like to say. In the future, I will begin to write more and more on this blog. I will try to captivate my readers with special and enticing things, and also to talk about my personal beliefs and etc. Thank you and feel free to follow my blog!

P.S. I'll try increase my sense of humor:)