Internet radio host Wan Yiu-sing is arrested for ‘seditious intent’ (he’s already on bail for some other trumped-up BS). The law has its roots in late 16th Century England, but has now been scrapped in the UK (except for aliens, it says).
Sedition is classified as words that incite “hatred or contempt” for the government or cause discontent and dissatisfaction among residents. So either Wan (and Tam Tak-chi) have caused all this – undeniable – ‘discontent and dissatisfaction’, or the government should be arresting itself.
Instead, schools’ NatSec propaganda artwork is taking us into a strange world where the disturbing meets the farcical. Here’s the… OK, I don’t know what it is. (Apparently from a guide to teachers to help them identify patriotic kids’ face decals and bad elements’ hairstyles?) And behold, the immense, tireless effort low-level civil servants put into the Let’s Get Brainwashed on National Security video.
It looks as if education bureaucrats are deliberately sabotaging Beijing officials’ commands by taking the orders to engineer young people’s souls 100% literally – with a straight face – and producing laughable and obviously counterproductive materials like this. But it could be that the Bureau’s staff are slavishly devoted to the CCP’s mission to reshape Hong Kong kids’ minds, unaware that their output is too grotesque to convince even the most suggestible 10-year-old. Either way, the Mainland overseers presumably lap this stuff up.
Some links from the weekend…
Michelle Kuo and Albert Wu interviewing Sebastian Veg on Hong Kong/Taiwan and Chinese identity, the Umbrella Movement vs the 2019 Uprising, the shift in Beijing since 2012 and more. Part 1 of the conversation, from mid-Jan on the NatSec Law/Regime, is here – perhaps best to read it second. Lots of interesting ideas.
Drawing on Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers, Václav Havel and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Quillette piece on personal responsibility under dictatorship in Hong Kong. (A must-read for the education bureaucrats.)
And in Asia Times, Francesco Sisci on China’s view of politics as war by other means…
China is facing a challenge unprecedented in its history: to criticize and change the world or to be part of the world.