Hi. You might have landed here from Instagram (instagram.com/hongkongstate), various events on NC State, or even stumbled upon it randomly. Welcome!
Hong Kong State is a website I quickly made in order to more closely follow the state of affairs in Hong Kong and its protests (see [BRIEFING]). More specifically, it also follows news and happenings on the campus of NC State University. It’s still a work in progress. Here’s the story behind it (and me):
A few months ago, I was idly browsing news and social media and came upon a photo on Reddit. The photo depicted a street completely flooded with Hong Kong citizens in a protest against the Chinese government. At this time, I had no prior knowledge on any of the protests or context behind it. I clicked on the image to view it in a larger size, and was impressed at how many people they gathered together for the event. Compelled by the heart and bravery of these Hong Kong citizens, I immediately felt called to fight and advocate for these people! …
Nope. Actually, it couldn’t be more of the opposite: I was slightly amused. I must have looked at this particular picture for less than 10 seconds, and then scrolled into the comments for about 20 seconds. It was gone and past my mind in less than 30 minutes. I was really only on Reddit for funny pictures and memes.
However, about a week or so later I saw Hong Kong in my browsing again. Then, a few days after that. After that, a day or two. A #FreeHongKong here, a #revolutionofourtimes there. Whoever, whatever it was that was popping these up on my feeds, were determined to make me see more than just passing interest. Fine. I’ll take another look. Here’s what I saw: [point blank], [highschooler], [war zone], [roadblock].
Interesting. From what I saw, it seemed like chaos: police were spraying people point blank with pepper spray, people were getting shot and thrown to the ground, and worse, with little to no justification. I was not only confused, but now intrigued. Why is this happening? I had to take another look, and [research for myself ] (ADD BRIEFING LINK)
Recently, the issue has really exploded upon on the internet. Western countries are now more aware of the situation, even though their vocal support for Hong Kong is not yet a reality. I can relate to that.
I’m a student at university, in a time zone 13 hours away from Hong Kong. Why would it matter to me? I am not Chinese nor from Hong Kong. I have my own problems and people to look out for. I just don’t have time. Realistically, even if I did want to help I would be a speck of sand in the desert: my effect would be too small to be worthwhile. Is it even worth it if it won’t affect me?
Ultimately, I was drawn into the welfare of these Hong Kong citizens because of one simple reason: they are people just like you and I, and as human beings we have a responsibility to look out for each other. On a moral baseline, we have to stand up for each other when basic human rights are violated.
I never expected that I would even be concerned with something like this. But with time, increased exposure and attention, and patience, the world got me to be invested in it. And that’s why I’m here today, on this website, talking to you.
My mission is therefore the following:
Hong Kong State aims to educate people on the origin and current state of affairs of the Hong Kong protests. Hong Kong State hopes to inspire advocacy and support for protestors in their goals of living in a safe, fair, and just environment.
If you have gotten this far, thank you. It really means a lot to me, whether or not you decide to go further.
If you would like to learn more about what Hong Kong has gone through and what it’s going through now, please see [BRIEFING], and then [NEWS].
And if you’re ready to help advocate and fight for Hong Kong, freedom, and basic human rights, please visit [HELP]
Once again, thank you.