Lee Siu Hin - Journey to My Home: China and Hong Kong
- China and Hong Kong--My trip to home
By: Lee Siu Hin
Now, I am flying at airplane from Los Angeles-my current home for the past 15
years, to return to my birth home, for a first time in long time, to visit my
family and meeting with many on friends from labor, media, academia and
I was born in Hong Kong, I left long time ago for many reasons, I was a
student and labor activist, witnessed many historical events and transformation in
China and Hong Kong for the past 25 years.
I had many good memories, and many bad past memories I want to move on, but
it's a destiny of me to come back to face my past, overcome the fear of my
past, understand the present and will have a new beginning for the future.
Furthermore, this will be my first time in decade to meet my grandparents in
China, and a first long in-depth trip to my country since 1990. For many
personal (not political) reasons I had not able to go back to my country to meet my
love ones, therefore, this trip will help me to recover some of my missing
links form my past, and help me to regain my courage to face the battle of the
future. Why? Because I need to witness the great changes in China, my country
had become so "foreign" to me, my father had telling me: "please come back to
see your country, it had been changed so much since you were there long time
I know this trip will be a cultural shock to me, not only last time when I
was in China over 10 years ago, there're no cell phone, no freeways, no
McDonald's, no Internet and no Wal-Mart store (yes, there's dozen Wal-Mart stories in
China), this will be my huge learning curve experience, I need see with my own
eyes the factories in China, the workers, and the Chinese at Starbucks
coffeehouse drinking coffee and talking with cell phone.
With my recent trip to Iraq last July, I have a unique first-hand knowledge
to compare between China, Iraq and United States.
This is a journey for me not only to rediscover myself, but also a journey of
rediscover my country, my people, and people form the two nations-China and
United States, and how it impacts the social justice and anti-globalization
For the next three and half weeks, I will be traveling to Hong Kong, Macau,
Shenzhen, Guanzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Tanjing and my grandparents'
More stories will be coming up....
Lee Siu Hin
Peace No War
United Students Against Sweatshops
Student Peace Activist Network
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