raaawrbin:

stirringwind:

raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.  

Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.

The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.

Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it. 

^^^^ YES

shitpeoplesayintf2:

Bonk Atomic Punch, otherwise known as “the missing drink”.

shitpeoplesayintf2:

Bonk Atomic Punch, otherwise known as “the missing drink”.

-hewastheirfriend:

when ur tryin to tell a story but no one knows what the fuck ur talkin about

silsol:

SO

friend found most horrible loadout of pyro

and he keep saying I AM REALLY CUTE 

terrakion:

e-katara:

hornyteen1936:

tylerlovetroye:

BURN 

okay but when is either one of these gynophobic racists gonna fess up to their shit? everybody loves throwing stones when they’re not the ones getting hit

lmao people acting like tyler oakley is suddenly a great person for not being a piece of shit for like 10 minutes

i personally loved his “why diversity is bullshit” video that he refuses to acknowledge directly and apologize for

terrakion:

e-katara:

hornyteen1936:

tylerlovetroye:

BURN 

okay but when is either one of these gynophobic racists gonna fess up to their shit? everybody loves throwing stones when they’re not the ones getting hit

lmao people acting like tyler oakley is suddenly a great person for not being a piece of shit for like 10 minutes

i personally loved his “why diversity is bullshit” video that he refuses to acknowledge directly and apologize for

mercuryphoenix:

You don’t understand how important this moment was to me. Kieren is eighteen years old, he suffers from severe anxiety and depression, he’s being accused of something he didn’t do, and, as a result, he lashes out. This reaction is completely understandable. And yet, because he is a PDS sufferer, they take the innate humanness of the outburst and twist it to make him seem inhuman. This is what happens when you are part of an oppressed groupThey push you, and push you, and you keep your head down, and nothing changes - and when eventually you snap, act out in anger and frustration because you can’t take it any more, they take that reaction and turn it around to justify their oppression. This is the moment when Kieren realises he cannot win. Whatever he does, he will always be a monster. 

for-all-mankind:

sagansense:

Congratulations to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for successful insertion of their spacecraft into Mars’ orbit!!!

So proud of this entire team. India and the ISRO have just made history as the first - before China and Japan, who have both failed in their attempts - to join the ESA and Soviet Union regarding a successful spacecraft rendezvous with the red planet. This is huge.

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India joins the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in the elite club of Martian explorers. China and Japan have so far failed to accomplish this. India is the first country to achieve this on its first attempt. It is also the first Asian country to reach Mars successfully.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

imageLearn more about the Mars Orbiter Mission (and the scientific achievements/firsts to come)…

I think the coolest thing about this mission (or, a sign of the economy) that the MOM mission was cheaper - per kilometre - than one of India’s autowallahs. The average fare for the taxi is about 15 INR per kilometre, while MOM cost about 11.25 INR per kilometre. Of course, it had farther to go, but it’s still a cool comparison.

One of the members o the Space Hipsters facebook community posted a great little diagram explaining the logic behind this claim.