All I felt was helplessness.
For me, it was a peaceful morning of lectures and classes at Oxford. At the other side of the world, university life was much more different. It was a war zone.
What I felt personally as a citizen that was born and raised in Hong Kong was helplessness. I came to the realization that my home city will certainly be assimilated into the dystopian totalitarian state of China.
When St. Petersburg was built in 1703, its main aim was to trade more with the West and adopt the cultural ideas of the Europeans.
After more than a hundred years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong has become a similar city. British culture has spread and intertwined with the traditional Chinese. This has ranged from the simple milk tea to the large double decker buses around Hong Kong. Yet the biggest factor that the British contributed, were Western ideals that would allow the younger generations to go against the looming superpower that is the Chinese authoritarian state.
“Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.” — Otto von Bismarck