19 March 2010

It's about fad not policy, so the fetishists win.

Award winning movie really matters.

Sometimes ago I told you about how we might all possibly end up living in encampment later like the early British settlement due to our increasing historical awareness. We're now getting one step closer to that.

URA was finally forced to keep the 12 tenement blocks from head to toe on Wing Lee Street. Echoing what the BigLychee.com said earlier this week, the area around Wing Lee Street had once been nameless. I spent a fairly long time, about 15 years, around this nameless area, as the school I went to was located very close. The only few things I remembered as a school kid were the video game centre that promised us endless fun for 50 cents (if you manage to safeguard your Mario's ass long enough) and the few crappy fast food shops where students can smoke safely and talk trash during lunch break. One day, those fast food places got shut down. A few weeks after that, a few gweilo restaurants opened. The rest we all know, was the birth of Soho.

At the time when those nameless streets between Central and Caine Road turned into Soho, preservationism were not fashionable and nobody said anything about the change. But now there's a suddenly growing fetishism for old things in Hong Kong. With a little help from the Echoes Of The Rainbow, Wing Lee Street became the latest fad.

The most interesting part of this fad is that the preservationists, like the administrator of this Facebook fanpage, tell us a new genesis. They asked URA to stop destroying Soho and preserve Wing Lee Street at the same time, like both have existed since the beginning of time. It's a very successful promotion strategy indeed. If the administrator named the page "Stop URA from destroying Wing Lee Street" like this group, there'll only be 700 something fans. But if you say URA is destroying the great, god-gifted, and vital Soho, that'd get on the nerves of many expats and you get more than double the number of supporters. Preservation then became a matter of one's fetishism. If you think something is cool and hip, you cry when the government wants to take that away. How about that same thing next door already "destroyed" sometime ago? "Well, I'm not sure...but do you think the things you have NOW are cool? Yes? Let's cry together!" Oh yes, Soho is as historical as the 1950s tenement blocks, my ass.

And I have not even talked about the people who are really living there. As reported, some of them are now happy as they wanted to stay. But others might wanted to get the fuck out of there for sometime. Now who has the say here? The fetishists.

Of course, we're consistently sceptical about the objectives of URA. Forcing the poor out of their homes and then redeveloping the place to become something that nobody but the riches could afford is nauseous. But going uproar for some absurd fetishism sounds a bit nutty to me. And that is how we run our Hi-Tech Village now; we go rant and rave for what we want. The pan-dem bandwagon continues clinging on to the tasteless false hope of the village: because not everyone has a vote for our CE, that's why we're screwed. So it's correct to rant and rave for everything until we got democracy. However, I seriously doubt if these fetishism would ever cease even if our Big Bro granted us democracy.

Fetishists out there, if you want to preserve anything, simply make an award winning movie about that. Villagers will then faithfully support your cause. Need some help? Check out the indie film making guide by our most intelligent and innovative HK Magazine here.


  1. i really feel bad about the minority owners who want compensation for what they've spent their life's savings on. Their legal rights are sacrificed for the viewing pleasure of those fetishists, which lasts no longer than an organsm.

  2. What happens if someone makes a award winning movie about High Speed Rail? Would it make the post-80 assholes' heads explode? lol (hey 2 human anatomical parts in once sentence, nice!)

  3. A lot of young people can't see a future for themselves what they could do is make some noise, be nostalgic, clamoring for a good old past that never even existed.

  4. When I was a small kid during Hong Kong's golden years, I'm sure there were little / no moaning from anyone. People simply got on with life, got on with their tasks. This improved the quality of their living, and HK subsequently became an economical miracle, admired by the rest of the world.

    Are the current moaning / complaints a result of people not getting a fair chance to climb the social ladder, or is it that because they're too busy moaning / complaining, that the opportunities simply drift away from them?

    This is like the chicken and egg, which came first question. Perhaps those who understand HK more, can enlighten me on this issue.

  5. Daveed, I can agree that there is constitutional injustice here, where a limited group of people, mostly the rich, have lots of advantages at the poor's expense. But lots of fingers here are pointed at wrong directions. And the media never fail to make a big thing out of those, making it sounded like a consent among all HK people.

    We treasure civil liberties and tried very hard to defend them here in the Pub. But we're very puzzled by some of the views of our fellow villagers, most of the time.

  6. Daveed,

    I think it is a fact that people don't get a fair chance to climb the social ladder in Hong Kong. Back in those days when Hong Kong was admired by the rest of the world, it was under the British rule. So I think the answer is clear enough, isn't it?


  7. William, I strongly oppose the idea that it has something to do with British vs. China ruling.

    The only different I can see is that, although the Brits imposed unfair policies here as well, the government of British HK did far less than the government of HKSAR. When the government does very little but giving a few pieces of land to the tycoons for nothing, people could still find their own ways. But now the government of HKSAR does too much...strong administration means they set far too many directions on the future of HK. Unfair policies that will only benefit the rich come with those directions. Inside this maze of policies people could find it hard to find their own ways.


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