What is the cultural referent of this image?
|"This is a warning: Youth have run out of patience with dog-officials. |
[We are] preparing for riot and bloodshed."
The sign says: "This is a warning: Youth have run out of patience with dog-officials. [We are] preparing for riot and bloodshed." (Sourced from: #0101hk @virtualpanda Does the SAR [Hong Kong] government really see without comprehending?)
It simultaneously appears refer to the ubiquitous Chinese migrant laborer attire:
And also to the Palestinian intifada:
("A demonstrator wears a Palestinian kaffiyeh as she takes part in a demonstration, against Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, in Strasbourg January 10, 2009." Source: http://www.daylife.com/photo/0dL17vTbVF4jZ)
(Wikipedia explains the use of the keffiyeh as a Palestinian national symbol.)
(Other 1/1/10 images from Hong Kong discussed in Scarry Thoughts.)
In a composition suggestive of a yin-yang symbol, a woman in a burka (but wearing audacious red glitter platform heels) is surrounded by genie-ish tableaus of the many male obsessions/pastimes that some of us rail about frequently -- sexualized pop singers, professional sports -- as well as some that we probably should rail about more (such as patriarchy in religion and political violence).
(See VIOLENCE: " . . . and the women must live with the consequences . . . " )
(See Why Does Iran Arouse So Much Hostility?)
Can you think of a concrete symbol of a social protest movement that has gained as much traction?
(See HONG KONG'S UMBRELLA: An Icon for the Ages )
Large protests in Hong Kong have been occuring in Hong Kong for decades. Street demonstrations at the beginning of 2010 exhibited a new high in diversity, expression, and energy.
(See #0101hk: Visual Imagery of Hong Kong Protests Jan 1 2010 )
Posterboard and markers: $21.79
Standing up for peace and justice when everyone around you is saying "Get a job!" and "GO F**K YOURSELF!": PRICELESS!
(See Dissent: PRICELESS!)