RIP Hong Kong (Head Shave)

I plan to part with all of my hair - yes - every single lock from head to waist - by 31 July 2020 to fundraise for two not-for-profit, high-quality and independent news websites in Hong Kong:
Please donate via this fundraiser only if gofundme is a convenient platform - 100% of the proceeds will go to these not-for-profit organisations.
Happy to receive donations via other means and tally these up as an offline donation - please message / leave a comment.
If you can donate directly to the following newspapers (preferably monthly), please do so, let me know the amount and I will match these*.

Hong Kong Free Press 
https://hongkongfp.com/
(If you're in HK - please consider donating directly): https://support.hongkongfp.com/
The Stand News (Chinese)
https://www.thestandnews.com/
(If you're in HK - please consider donating directly): https://mystand.thestandnews.com/#payselect-title

Aside from the donations above, the hair itself will be going to a charity that  makes real hair wigs for children going through cancer treatment/other conditions:
https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair/

Can you imagine me bald?
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I had never thought my hair would become such a large part of me,
Or mean so much to me,
Nor, at the thought of losing it, take so much out of me.

I had never thought my freedoms would ever be at risk,
Or mean so much to me,
Nor, at the thought of losing it, take so much out of me.

Hong Kong,
You are not perfect,
Yet you tolerated me,
You gave me my first identity,
A myriad opportunities.

You are a true crossroad of this world,
Not once did you judge,
When I came and go as I pleased.

Though half a world away I stand,
I cannot stand by and watch you fall,
Taking with you our last bastions of freedom.

I yearn for a new start.
Just as you had inspired me,
Please continue to inspire all who fight for a freer future.

In remembrance of a city.

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49248346_1593561954946473_r.jpegAll of it is going.

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With familial and cultural ties to Hong Kong, my place of birth, I am saddened to see the city's ever diminishing judicial independent and freedom of speech.

The plight of my home city is a warning sign to all. The Chinese Community Party continues to grow in its confidence to usurp the freedoms and rights of those they govern. The Chinese people face numerous injustices on a daily basis, the majority silently under a severe blanket of self-censorship.

Hong Kong, being fairly prominent and well-known in the Western media-sphere, is only the most recent example of these injustices. The implementation of a vague "National Security Bill" imposed by the Beijing central government is rightly feared by both the local and international community. The Chinese Community Party already hides under the guise of "National Security" in order to get away with the persecution and detainment of masses of the Xinjiang Uighur population. I also stand in solidarity with those oppressed and forcefully detained in these vast "re-education camps" in the country's vast north-westerly province. Just as in Hong Kong, we can only act if we know about these issues, if different sources of information are available to be scrutinised. To this end, we rely on the brave and independent journalists fighting the Goliaths of authoritarian regimes to bring injustices to light.

Of course many causes are worthy of both your and my contribution. This particular fundraiser does not diminish the importance of tackling racism, climate change, wealth inequalities in my immediate community and in the wider world.

In the end, one has to start somewhere, and I believe that the preservation of the freedoms of the press, and of expression, is necessary for the dialogues and actions that are precursors to a better world.

I have deliberated my own purpose of fundraising for the best part of a year. I have come to realise, even though injustices exist in this free democracy I now call home, I benefit greatly from a free and independent press, access to any opinion I so choose, and the resources at hand to make informed political choices. These freedoms are paramount to the enactment of any change for a better world - a world that is freer, better and more equitable.

1st July is the anniversary of the formation of the modern Hong Kong. It serves to be a day to reminisce for some, to feel nostalgia for others; a testament to the city rising from its colonial past, the end of imperialism, of personal freedoms, a free market, capitalism, political participation, self-determination, the return of sovereignty, a new dawn and hope for many - 

Yet, very soon, we may lose most of these perspectives that together brought Hong Kong its unique standing in this world.

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I plan to part with all of my hair - yes - every single lock from head to waist - by the end of July 2020 to fundraise for two not-for-profit, high-quality and independent news outlets in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Free Press
https://hongkongfp.com/

The Stand News (Chinese)
https://www.thestandnews.com/

Please donate via this fundraiser if gofundme is a convenient platform - 100% of the proceeds will go to these not-for-profit organisations.

If you are in Hong Kong, you may find it more convenient to donate directly (monthly and/or one-off):

Hong Kong Free Press 
https://support.hongkongfp.com/
The Stand News (Chinese)
https://mystand.thestandnews.com/#payselect-title

*matching:
- one-off direct donations
- first month of monthly donations

  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 15 mos
  • James Ma 
    • £10 
    • 15 mos
  • James Clarke 
    • £10 
    • 15 mos
  • Ray Tann 
    • £25 
    • 16 mos
See all

Organizer

Pishun Tantivangphaisal 
Organizer
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