1989 is a year of hope. The fall of Berlin Wall – the artificial barrier that cut one family into two territories – and the not – so – distant collapse of the Soviet Union signified the end of the Cold War and promised an age of democracy, human right and rule of law – an optimism that is best expressed by Fukuyama’s book: ‘The End of History and the Last Man’.
1989 is a year of horror. Chinese students, unarmed, gathered in Tiananmen Square and led hunger strikes for peaceful demonstrations against high inflation, low living standard and government corruptions. The cumulated events – protests and patriotic demands for a more democratic China – ended with a massacre. Tanks rolled over people and solider fired on civilians.
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness’ (A Tale of Two Cities). We are living in an age torn apart by choices between democracy or communism; human right or imposed stability; rule of law or rule by law.
This blog is a dedication to the year 1989. In Hong Kong, a tiny island situated in China but open to the western world, this struggle is particularly intense and is still intensifying, as witnessed by the current political development. This blog attempts to see this world of contradictions from 1989’s perspective, with particular emphasis on differences between Oriental and Occidental culture; and more importantly also with a unaltered commitment to democracy, human right and rule of law.