My heart aches so bad

What has my city become?

Ten years have passed, I didn’t think I would feel such a strong urge to take my frustrations to the street again. This increasingly totalitarian government has crossed the line on a seemingly minor issue. Trying to put forward its agenda is one thing because I believe people have their freewill to make judgements, but destroying the work of hardworking men and women is another.

What made Hong Kong different from China was the abundance of opportunities. We were raised to think that as long as we worked hard and persevered, we would one day succeed. What the government has done to Ricky Wong, a daring self made billionaire aspired to do great things for this city, is the worst example it could ever set for kids who want to change their lives.

It is an insult to those who still believe in virtue and diligence. It is against every fibre of my being and everything I have been teaching my students all along.

The least I can do right now, is to voice my dissatisfaction in the form of a peaceful protest. It’s the least anyone with a sense of conscience should do.


About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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