Friday, January 1, 2010

Long-suffering and Faceless in Hong Kong

This is one of a series of photos shared via Twitter from demonstrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2010. The images were aggregated with the term #0101hk.

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:


Women working


And also to the Palestinian intifada:


Kaffiyeh


("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.)



Related posts

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 . . . " )







Jeans jacket plus veil?

(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
Leaflets: $7:50
Bullhorn: $99.99
Standing up for peace and justice when everyone around you is saying "Get a job!" and "GO F**K YOURSELF!": PRICELESS!

(See Dissent: PRICELESS!)