As part of a revamp of the humanities curriculum, Hong Kong primary school students will have their national sentiments and sense of national identity ‘systematically cultivated’ from the age of eight or nine…
The new subject, which will replace the current General Studies, would require primary three pupils to have a basic knowledge of the Beijing-enacted security legislation, the Hong Kong People’s Liberation Army garrison and national defence, the bureau announced on Thursday, local media reported.
‘Affection for the Chinese people’ is in the mix, too.
If this doesn’t convince people to have kids and/or not emigrate, what will?
Civil servants who don’t vote in next month’s District Council elections will not be punished.
[Chief Secretary Eric] Chan also said if those who weren’t previously counted as a patriot show remorse to the government’s satisfaction, they can be approved by authorities to stand in the election again in the future. “Never say never,” he added.
He also rules out making voting compulsory for everyone else…
“[Even if] you compel people to vote, you can’t control who they’re voting for,” Chan said.
Aren’t the patriots-only ballots designed to control who you can vote for? By way of a reminder, a Twitter thread on the DC election campaign in 2019 by former DC member Michael Mo – now in the UK. ‘Good old days, which, I believe, will never come back.’ (Guess he won’t be tempted by Cathay’s slightly desperate-sounding come-back-to-vote tickets.)
Some weekend reading and viewing…
Press awards in China stress ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Culture’…
A permutation of Xi’s legitimizing grand concept (the eponymous “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”), this phrase now packs together a set of political and ideological obligations for culture, the foremost being the CCP’s unquestioned leadership of ideology.
National Interest on why TikTok is a national security threat.
Something different – a video on how to read Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow. The first part of the novel set loosely around the Nazis’ V2 project is set in wartime London and is amazing in its detail, considering the author was born in New York State in the late 1930s and must have researched everything while writing the book before it was published in the early 1970s. I wandered off around the time halfway through when Germany’s regiment of Africans takes the stage. ’Paranoia in book form’, the guy says. The video gets so dense you’re tempted to give the book another go. Maybe that’s the point.
On a lighter note. When Motown came to Britain – documentary on the Black American invasion of the early-mid 60s.