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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2007, 12:00am

Fight for justice by Mao-era victims

I'm writing in response to the article 'Survivors will not go quietly' (South China Morning Post, April 23).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the anti-rightist campaign in China - a purge carried out by Mao Zedong in 1957.

Thousands of so-called rightists were persecuted under the then-Communist regime.

But the mainland government still refuses to apologise to the victims and has even banned people from discussing the topic.

The youngest victims of the campaign are now in their 70s, and they have demanded an official apology.

This has similarities with the Sino-Japanese conflict over official Japanese visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals were buried.

China has expressed its resentment over Japan's attitude towards the issue.

This shows that China is neglecting its internal problems, while highlighting its disagreement with Japan over the shrine visits.

The mainland government's refusal to face history is as bad as the Japanese denying their war crimes.

There will be no significant improvement in Sino-Japanese relations unless Japan shows its regret and apologises to China for its wartime atrocities.

Similarly, if Beijing continues to ignore the anti-rightist victims, they will not give up their fight for justice.


Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Respect parents

There is an old saying: 'Filial piety is the top priority of all merits.'

Our parents sacrificed their time for us and strived to provide us with the best material comforts.

In addition, they gave us love and care and looked after us when we were sick.

Now, my parents are ageing and I will soon become an adult. We are the pillars of society. We should be able to earn money and take care of ourselves.

But this is not enough. We should reward our parents by taking care of their needs.

For example, if they want to take a course or travel the world, we should help them, if we can afford it. We should respect our parents for what they have done for us.

Lee Keung

Give new life to transplant patients

Many traditional Chinese disagree with organ donations. They believe it is disrespectful to remove organs from a dead body, which should be buried as a whole.

On the other hand, a number of patients are waiting for organ transplants. This has revealed the necessity for promoting organ donation among the public.

A transplant can help both the patients and their families who are under severe stress.

Those who have undergone organ transplants should share their experiences with the public.

In the past, the government broadcast TV advertisements about the topic. This is an effective way to spread the message among ordinary people and arouse their sympathy for patients who are awaiting transplant surgery.

Besides, talks or seminars can be held at schools. Young people can be easily influenced because they are more open-minded than the older generation.

The organ donation campaign should be a long-term effort.

If we continue to appeal to the public to support this worthy cause, we will eventually succeed and give new life to patients.

Sharon Lam Ho-see

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Don't be greedy

There is a lot of interest in the fate of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's fortune.

She inherited a lot of money from her husband who was kidnapped and never seen again.

But Wang's passing away from cancer recently shows that, however rich you are, you cannot escape death.

Also, a healthy body is invaluable for a happy life. Since we have a short life span, we should not be greedy.

We should always be satisfied with what we have and treasure the people around us.

In wealthy families, siblings fight for their inheritance from their dad or grandpa. I would rather be born in a normal family and live in harmony with my siblings.

I am always satisfied with my life.

Michelle Lee

Hang Seng School of Commerce

Aiming for success

Would you like to have a dream or a target?

A target is more realistic.

But a dream can provide energy to people although it is not always easy to achieve.

When I finish a target, I will set a new one. And I will feel proud about my achievement. That's a great feeling.

Which one is more suitable for you - a dream or target?

I would choose a target.

Sandra Yip

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

Worthy friends

How do you classify real friends?

Do they praise you or give you advice when you have done something wrong?

Apart from playing or going shopping together, real friends should share their happiness and comfort each other when they are upset.

Honesty is also very important among real friends.

Cheating will destroy that relationship.

You should also forgive your friends when they make a mistake.

A friendship will not last long unless you have these qualities.

So will you be able to find a real friend now? If you do, treasure that friendship.

Olivia Lam Ka-ki

True Light Girls' College

Hongkongers should not be so selfish

Hong Kong people are very selfish.

They are always afraid of being cheated by others.

They won't talk to strangers and don't make friends easily.

This is not good because the children will be influenced by their parents' behaviour.

If you see a pregnant woman or elderly person on the bus or train, you should give up your seat. But many Hongkongers don't do this.

The last time I went to Japan on a group tour, all the people on the tour were horrible.

They would not laugh or talk with others. The trip was very dull.

I hope all of you can be kind and gentle. Please care about others.

Hinson Lee King-hin

Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Release the tension

I was really sad after reading about the mass shooting at Virginia Tech university in the United States last month.

Many young people are suffering from depression because they're under so much pressure from their studies.

Some youngsters feel isolated because they lack social skills.

Sometimes I wonder why we go to school. Do we get an education just to pass exams?

Every day is filled up with lessons, assignments and tests. We don't have time for leisure activities.

I often wish I could go to the hillside and scream - where people can't see me - to ease the tension.

Humans are like rubber bands - if we're stretched too much, we'll break. Let's act before it happens.

Janice Tsang

Hang Seng School of Commerce