So far in my blog posts, there have been very broad themes trying to centralize around a common theme which is how events linked to the protests affect the rest of China. My post nature has changed from serious to humorous to depressing. There has been a lot of emotions that run through my posts. I notice the more time I have, the more serious the post and the less atones for the silly, light posts about toilet paper. I was surprised to see how this conspired. I need to focus more and leave more time for my post so the research is precise and my post leave more of a meaning.
Reviewing these posts, I can see the benefit of weekly postings. You have more knowledge of your topic and what will come up in the future. You can find patterns in your own work and the topic you are researching. Weekly posts help you reflect what you are thinking and how you can apply your knowledge to every day life. You add your own flair and personality to each post. Each post shows your emotion of the day and shows how you feel about each topic based on your mood and I can definitely see how these are reflected in my posts.
In my next few weeks, I will be focusing my posts in to a paper. I will be focusing on this specific question: How is this issue affecting the people being arrested? I want to take my topic off of all of China and focus on the one’s arrested. Why were they arrested? They have a voice and that is why they were arrested. This needs to be understood because while all of China is focused on the protests, they haven’t focused on why specific people are the one’s getting arrested. Some are radical and need to be acknowledge and some are minor and didn’t deserve the jail time or bail. The big issue needs to be trimmed down to the center and focus on the activists.
Within the last 48 hours, over 8,000 rolls of tissue paper, toilet paper, and napkins have been seiged in at a local Hong Kong manufacturer due to prints on the paper foods that have the leader’s face printed on the rolls. This is a huge factor in the key it plays with the whole aspect of these protests.
Photo credit to "The Guardian"
These were to be released on February 19th for the Chinese New Year celebration in Hong Kong.
What does this mean for China?
According to The Guardian, there was no need to seize the toilet paper as it was to promote pro-democracy in China. However, that is not the case.
From a cultural aspect, China is not as accepting of it’s political leaders on toiletries as a joke as we are in America. This Is considered an insult and not a harmless joke. Especially with the intended purpose of fueling the protesters further in their attempts for democracy. Another source said that this also means that this could have dire consequences for China and could mean it can revert back to the mainland. By one action, it can mean the end of modern China and cutting off access for certain parts of it.
According to recent events, the protest events in Hong Kong have started again as of today. This is the first time in about two months that any demonstrations have unfolded in the streets and the numbers are great on both sides. The police total nearly two thousand against a total of tweleve thousand peaceful protesters out of the fifty thousand they were hoping to attend.
What does this mean for the rest of China? For now, it could mean another few weeks of months of blocking busy streets, hurting China’s economy. Although China’s economy is the fastest-growing in the world, it has begun to slow down. With protesters blocking local businesses and areas that tourists flock to, the economy will take another hit if the protests continue for long.
The protesters carried their umbrellas into the streets as they protested. The umbrellas have become a symbol of the movement. Not only do they now represent what they are fighting for, they are also a shield against police brutality. In an earlier peaceful demonstration, police used pepper spray to break the crowds. They started using umbrellas the shield from the spray, and has become a strong symbol.
So far, the protestorprotesters have remained peaceful. Even though they want this to be a peaceful rally, they are harming the potential slow decline of their own economy.
The government, on the hand, has already set to veto against pro-democracy candidates and ideas set before the concil. The majority who have vowed to veto the bill is alarming
Beijing’s proposal is due to be voted on by Hong Kong’s 70-seat legislature over the summer, but pro-democracy lawmakers – who hold just over one-third of the votes – have pledged to veto the plan, setting the scene for further clashes and tension.
By publically announcing to veto the bill at question will set off a chain reaction between the legislature, police, and protesters. It’s only a matter of time before a peaceful demonstration for change will worsen to a possibility of bloodshed and violence. It’s also only a matter of time before other cities like Shanghai and Beijing join their sister city, followed by the rest of China.
Although looking for a peaceful way is the ideal plan, no plan ever follows through quote like everyone wanted.
More to come as the stories progress through the week.
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The topic I will be blogging about is the protests and rallies that are happening in Hong Kong, China. More specifically, it will be about how the government is handling this situation and whether or not these protests have now spread to mainland China. The protests, although primarily in Hong Kong, are about the way the government handles its voting system and practices, something to which all Chinese citizens have to participate in for their country, much like the United States. The difference is that Chinese citizens are no longer happy with how their system is being run and want change, causing peaceful and disruptive protests. If these protests are to spread from the source of Hong Kong to the rest of China, then change can happen; however, are both sides of the argument handling their oppositions correctly?