|Seen on the Hong Kong Baptist University campus|
My students have told me they're boycotting classes indefinitely. I am proud of them. How can one not be moved?
... and you see, you see,
Love is disobedience, disobedience love,
And the dungeon doors open for you
And your questions to walk through.
—Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Hong Kong students continue to put 'civil' in 'civil disobedience'.
I've seemingly always already been way more cynical than sentimental. But I found myself crying in the face of the generous and caring humanity of Hong Kong's youth, both in Mong Kok and in Central. Hong Kong is my much loved home—and it's the Umbrella Uprising that has delivered this sense of home to me.
—Jason S Polley
100,000 people on the street in Hong Kong (a reporter told me it was that many) singing, applauding, chanting. There is a feeling of great hope.
I hope that all of the students participating in the protests will stay safe and remain optimistic for a better future of this place we call home.
Hong Kong's higher education system should be proud of the exemplary"knowledge transfer" and "experiential learning" that our courageous students have been exhibiting.
Teachers, like many others, have doubts all the time. One that I often ask myself is "Should I keep teaching?" But seeing all of you in the streets, I am moved and I know the answer. Last night at 2am, I encountered a confused 18-year-old, who kept wondering what's next. No one knows, except the battle will be long. And a quote from Hemingway may help: "I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it."
—Nicholas YB Wong
You'll learn more at the barricades than in my class. Take your notebook with you, this is history, you're making it, and make sure you write it too.
I have run out of umbrellas to lend to my students,
braving all weathers, all scorn, for a future they no longer have any option
but to believe in.
Now it is my heart I would shelter them with.
I do so happily, without reservation.
They were the first, and will be the last,
to welcome me here.
They have always stood by me.
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming / Co-editor