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The Hong Kong government has sought since 2007 to introduce "national education" courses into primary and secondary school curriculum, aimed at strengthening students' "national identity awareness" and nurturing patriotism towards China. The programme has met with increasing public opposition in recent years, with many in Hong Kong seeing it as a brainwashing attempt by the Chinese Communist Party to suppress dissent. 

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Pro-national education protesters march on Admiralty

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2012, 5:42am
 

Hundreds of parents and students marched through busy streets yesterday in support of national education - the second big event in a week to support the controversial subject.

Proponents of the curriculum have been fighting back since the policy was all but dropped by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying amid widespread protests from parents, teachers and opposition lawmakers, who likened it to "brainwashing" of children by Beijing.

Waving banners and Chinese national flags, participants chanted "support national education" and "give us back the right to learn" as they marched from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to government headquarters in Admiralty. The organisers, Caring Hong Kong Power, said there were 1,000 participants, but police estimated the turnout was about 600.

"We like to let the government know that anti-national education is not the only view in Hong Kong," a spokeswoman for the group said. "There are also many people who want national education.

"As Chinese, it is absurd that we should refuse to know our country. The critics are not only against the subject, they are against anyone who disagrees with them."

Caring Hong Kong Power is a loosely organised group initiated last year by online forum users. They say they aim to counter the growing "anti-everything" sentiment in Hong Kong.

Also in the crowd yesterday was Andrew Fung Wai-kwong, a former core member of the opposition Democratic Party. He attended another pro-national education rally outside the government headquarters last week. "My position is very simple and clear," Fung said. "I support us learning about China in a comprehensive and objective way."

Fung quit the party in June after he was criticised by the party leadership for having expressed his intention to join the Leung administration.

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likingming
In the good old days, the colonial period, we were taught 毛澤東屎忽窿 毛主席無飯食
These modern days, we are taught 爹親娘親不及毛主席親
ling2777
Though I don't feel the need to take everything to street, I do feel glad that people dare express their opinion no matter their voice in conformity with the main stream or not. We must respect the freedom of expression no matter how different is our opinion.
superdx
It was interesting to note the difference in demographics of the respective camps.
The anti-agenda camps are driven by younger people, many of which are still clearly students. The 100,000+ march last month showed people from all walks of life.
The pro-agenda camp is clearly older. In a clip from Mong Kok yesterday where the organizers had setup booths, the impression I got were the medium-aged male crazies that yell at anything that walks by. They even pointed a scissor at the young leader of the anti-agenda camp. The march in Hong Kong also showed many medium-aged males that were wearing very dark sunglasses. It reminded me of mainland shoppers.
Sunny
I wonder how many of these protesters are actually representative of the true feelings of ‘Hong Kong’ citizens and how many are actually mainlanders and have already been brainwashed by the ‘national education’ in their youth?
Perhaps many of them are similar to the ‘fifty cents party’ to divert truth and spread lies on the internet for pro-china causes, but in live protests instead.
****chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Fifty_cents
Sunny
Fung said. "I support us learning about China in a comprehensive and objective way."
But is the national education that is already taught in mainland China ‘comprehensive and objective’?
Here lies whole the problem.
mercedes2233
Good. I am glad the pro- party is making its views known. To each his/her own then. The anti- party isn't the only view around.
Dai Muff
They are arguing against something no-one has said. The people they label as "anti" national education want people to know about China. They just want them to be taught the good and bad on an objective basis. Ironically, many of these protesters want anything but an objective subject. Teaching of Chinese history in many local schools has actually gone down since the Handover for fear of stirring up controversy. You can only teach facts. Once you are trying to teach "love" you are brainwashing. Ironically, all these people who say they want "the right to learn" are well past learning age. And it seems more people want DBC radio to survive than want the continuation of National Education.
honger
"You can only teach facts. Once you are trying to teach "love" you are brainwashing."
I say, "You can only teach facts. Once you are trying to teach "HATE" you are brainwashing."
"And it seems more people want DBC radio to survive than want the continuation of National Education."
So, Voxpoppy, are you saying that just because of the hundreds who turned up for DBC at Admiralty to demand the govt intervene makes your case more legitimate than those who are against abolishing national education?
How can you ask the govt to intervene in a private business based on alleged political attacks? If your demands are met, the very fundamental tenets of a free society would crumble. It would be worse than a communist state!
I dread what would become of Hong Kong should the likes of you - with a warped sense of justice, democracy and fairness - come into power.............
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likingming
"Once you are trying to teach "HATE" you are brainwashing"
100% agreed

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