The House News has released images of a new National Education book aimed towards primary school students and the contents are frankly a little unnerving.
“Hong Kong’s civil servants are chosen by Hong Kong people and are responsible for carrying out Hong Kong’s mission. Those in charge of Hong Kong affairs must love the motherland and love Hong Kong. This is the most basic requirement.”
Trying to force love, are we? How Orwellian.
“The Chief Executive is an important manifestation of Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong.”
And yet, the depiction of the CE as a rubber stamp in the above image is probably much closer to the truth. Beijing’s rubber stamp, to be specific.
The book goes on to stake China’s claim to Taiwan (the lone character in the bottom left image shouting “Wait for me!”) and to bash the “weak” Qing dynasty and Republic of China (bottom right).
“It was not until the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949 that Chinese became the masters of their own country and China returned to glory and prosperity.”
Finally, this might be the most outrageous page of them all:
Since Hong Kong was returned to the Motherland, Hong Kong residents have experienced true self-rule, not just in Hong Kong but as part of the entire country: they are the masters of Hong Kong and the masters of China.
Riiiight. Tell me again how I choose CY Leung and Xi Jinping to be my leader.
While National Education as a separate school subject has been
scrapped delayed indefinitely, thanks to an Occupy movement much like the one planned for next year, many dangers remain for Hong Kong’s young, and the tone of the new children’s book is nothing new. Similar propagandist material is not uncommon in student workbooks across all subjects of the curriculum.
Children are easily impressionable. Hong Kong parents must teach their children well, or else they are liable to become
ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. (George Orwell’s “1984”)
- The PRC government views failure of launching national education a “political failure” in HK, says the convenor (therealnewshk.wordpress.com)