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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Lest We Forget June 4 1989






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13 comments:

Momentary Madness said...

It never happened;-)

expat@large said...

MM: You've forgotten already you mad sociopathetical bastard!

savannah said...

who died?
something happened?
1989?

xoxo

expat@large said...

Sav: you people! I really have to be serious about this. Today is the 20th anniversary...

In HK I had dinner with an American journo who had been arrested during the Democracy uprising - he was bashed and tortured. Fifteen years later he still couldn't sit still for more than 5 minutes a time because of damage to his lower back. There's the big picture and there's the hundred of thousands of little details.

HKMacs said...

I remember it well. I lived in Lockhart Rd and joined the million march - it was very emotional and foreigner or Chinese it didn't really matter. Everyone was family for that day.

The Dude said...

Er...send in the tank division? :D

expat@large said...

There was such a panic in HK - everyone thought the Chinese would roll their into into Mongkok they way they into Tiananmen Square. It was a tangible fear, I felt it still when I arrivd only 9 months after The Handover. Chris Patten had such trouble negotiating with the Chinese as well, he was well aware what cold-blooded murderers they are/were, and it made everyone really nervous about what woudl happen. The protests in HK still go on, I think because of this genuinely felt concern/paranoia.

savannah said...

i am sorry, sugar. i didn't mean to make light of the day. one day we'll sit on a veranda and tell you some stories. xoxox

expat@large said...

Sav: you are always forgiven, never forgotten. With a nice bottle of red and some slow Georgia traffic up the tree-lined avenue... and while we sit there, we'll discuss how to spell 'verandah'. ;-)

savannah said...

my favorite pedagogue, i would adore discussing the vagaries of spelling that word with you.
xoxoxo

expat@large said...

Sav: are you saying I'm an idealogical paedagogue? Well I am not averse to the dropping of the first hemi-vowel in these Greek daigraphs. "Economy" instead of "oeconomy" for example. On the other side of the coin, I still tend to call my gullet an oesophagus. Nevermind, I am strictly pro-fetus and anti-foetus! (But of course pro-choice, yet anti death penalty!)

savannah said...

i laughed out loud as i read this, sugar! be glad that i am happily married because if i were not, i would propose marriage to you! ;~D xoxo

expat@large said...

Sav: yeah, yeah, get in the queue... I've had these promises from women UP TO HERE! (hand chops throat)


(apologies for typing "daigraph" instead of "diagraph" - that was a 'CabMerlot typo'.)

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