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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 3:19am

Scholarism and I just don't get along

The children from Scholarism refuse to have dinner with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. That was the headline news. Frankly I am at a loss as to why that was considered news. It's a bit like "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung starting another protest. But it did interest me as I am one of the other guests.

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung said the group turned down the invitation as any meeting with officials should be "open and transparent". Okay, whatever Josh. Unlike those kids, I'm a sucker for a free lunch, or dinner. I am also a big eater. Maybe I will just take Josh's portions if I may, Mr Chief Executive. There is no point letting good food go to waste. Leung's wife, after all, is involved in a controversial food-recycling firm.

The dinner is part of a series of informal meals Leung is hosting to gauge views on political reforms from a cross-section of society. I have been, strangely, grouped with the "scholars". Actually, if the kids had bothered to do some language research, they might find their name means rather the opposite of what they intended it to mean. It does not mean scholastic or scholarly. Another example of declining English standards, perhaps? To find a full exposition, check out this amusing blog called, "Learn English or Starve". But who needs proper English when you can have full democracy? Let's all vote on the meanings of words. Dictionaries are so elitist - dictating what words can mean!

Anyway, as many people know, Scholarism and I don't get along. Just in case you are not from Hong Kong, the group was launched by several secondary school kids and came to prominence in their successful fight against the government's attempt to introduce national and moral education in public schools. I wrote a nasty column about the protest they led last year outside Leung's office in Admiralty. It went viral, and overnight I became public enemy No1. During the rally, the kids refused to meet Leung, who had offered to meet them. Later, they put a chair on stage for Leung and demanded he meet them there and then.

Now the kids are branching out and frying bigger fish: full universal suffrage. If Leung really wants to meet Josh and his gang, I suggest he invites everyone but Scholarism and go on TV to declare he will never, ever, meet them.

The kids will be clamouring for a meeting in no time.

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anson
Young Joshua should understand that there is only room in Hong Kong for one 'Long Hair'. We don't need more radicals we need more reasoning.
chuchu59
Alex,
Its not just Joshua or Scholarism that you dont get along with. Its likely that you wont get along with most teenagers like me. They cannot communicate effectively with people in the real world though it could be a different thing on the internet. What they think or do they always regard as right and are inconsiderate to the feeling of others. You can never talk peacefully with them as they believe being antagonistic works. I think that both parenting and the present education system has led to this. There is no such thing as 'selflessness' now.
XYZ
Alex Lo names and publicly vilifies a 16-year-old secondary school student in his column. Bravo, Mr. Lo. You are a shameless jerk.
mercedes2233
Refusing to communicate is plain stupid and not conducive to solving problems. I wonder if these kids will ever get jobs and hold them in future.
whymak
Look at the picture in this link: www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1297832/has-hong-kong-lost-its-mind . Aren’t these the ugliest children you could find anywhere? And I don’t mean physically. Now I ask what you can do about them.
For sure generation gaps always exist. So let’s talk about our shared Hong Kong experience.
Before the age of 12, I thought my father was infallible. Then I realized he couldn’t do algebra.
Having been brainwashed in Chinese culture, I saw nothing wrong with filial piety and deference to elders. Into my 20s, I was full of myself and shared all that was cool with friends, yet I was thankful for parents and family. Yes, I felt my generation was superior to my parents’.
As we advanced past the first big hurdle, a tenured track or group leader job, we realized what our parents had to struggle without all the hoity-doity education, for which they had sacrificed so much for us.
With two generations behind us, we know this generation gap could be constructive because it keeps alive the social mutation of the human species.
But there is another constant we learned from our parents and experience. Without fundamentals first, one couldn’t contribute to a career, let alone to society at large.
Scholarism brats are mutants. Our educators say critical thoughts require no knowledge and logic. Yes, 未學行先學走 is the correct approach.
Joshua is ashamed of your company 恥與為伍 because you are antediluvian.
Why don't you just suck it all up, Mr. Lo?
chaz_hen
What's shocking is the pontificating, pompous a_s_s "pslhk" was not invited to give his usual unintelligible 2 bits to such an in-depth discussion to gauge the winds of HKs progress.
Perhaps the fear of death-by-boredom or inane, self delusional grandstanding by someone who obviously thinks his station is so stratospheric was so great that it led the CE to overlook this rectal thermometer with his readings of how subservient and grateful HK people should be to the CCP?
XYZ
My beef with Mr. Lo is this: the kid is 16 years old.
Byebye
Are all children like these from the Scholarism? Seriously, can Hong Kong get something constructive out of such warped minded individuals? Surely, this Josh or whatever does not represent the majority children in Hong Kong; if so, really sad for HK parents. Such Josh type of youth may think they are so needed and the self-importance that they think the world revolves around them may have twisted their mind to an extent it is now ineffective. It seemed like the toddler's tantrum syndrome has not left these youth. Why not invite those scholars / balance students / achievers who have a more positive outlook and concern for HK recommended by schools or societies to join the dinner?
dascaldasf
I am sure that with age, one matures. Outdoor ruckus do not achieve anything other than getting publicity. Once that is achieved, it's time to lay things on the table and see what the outcome would be. That is maturity. [Opportunity wastes no time but the other way round.]
johnyuan
Refusing to have a meal for a gathering with a sorry reason is no better than kid having trouble sitting down and eating dinner properly with no reason of any except being a spoiled brat. Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung needs to build upon his last successful protest by attending the dinner so to learn what progress the group needs to be IF ANY.
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Or a second thought I will advise that biting more than one can digest is not wise – in politic it will make you a laughing stock thus undermining what you already have achieved. Perhaps, rightly Scholarism shouldn’t come to the dinner and to be exposed unfavorably among the wicked grownups.

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