Happy Handover Day! Or, to use that snazzy term our government came up with, Happy Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day. Just rolls off the tongue.
Time Out Hong Kong's three July 1 picks are the Kylie Minogue concert; the annual massive pro-democracy and civil rights march; and a handover party at Volar. That sums up Hong Kong, doesn't it? Politics sandwiched between pop music and glitz.
For a second, I mis-read the Time Out listings and thought that the People's Liberation Army had started a stand-up improv comedy troupe. "Boy," I thought, "They're really going out of their way to do the friendly PR thing in Hong Kong -- though I doubt they'd be very funny."
Then I reread it. There's a group called People's Liberation Improv -- no relation to the Chinese military -- also doing an event tomorrow night.
I need more sleep.
(In case anyone wondered why there's been a drop-off in blogging, I've been exhausted recently).
As for me? Well, I'm a miserable old woman nowadays, and will be in the office tomorrow. So I will be going to none of these. Maybe I'll have myself a July 1 brunch before work?
I don't mind, really. HK SAR Establishment Day is not exactly a holiday near and dear to my heart, like Christmas or Chinese New Year. And the "I Guess" in the headline is, in part, because of Hong Kongers' ambivalence toward the handover.
Those mixed feelings are fading now, I think, as people have had 14 years to get used to the idea. And while many mainlanders have happily integrated into our society, and vice versa -- and while there are many more business and social ties -- there is still unease on the ground over everything from politics to language to immigration.
Anna Tam at the Journey to Hong Kong blog has a nice post on the role of Canto-pop at the mass July 1 civil rights march. I've noticed the same thing at June 4 memorials.