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Differences with Hong Kong and China… Story by Alex Chow

Hong Kong is a southern metropolitan city of China. In the eyes of foreigners, people form Hong Kong are considered as Chinese, rarely Japanese or Korean. Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China indeed and thus people form Hong Kong are Chinese undoubtedly. Still, people from Hong Kong prefer to call themselves Hongkonger since there are plentiful differences between Hong Kong and China in terms of politics, culture, and economy. As a result, Hong Kong people have a distinct ethnic identity in compare of Chinese.

First and foremost, Hong Kong and China have entirely opposite political system. In mainland China, there is a one-party dictatorship, the powers of executive, legislative, judicial and the fourth estate are all under control of the Communist Party. Although political decisions have to be voted in the Standing Committee, all representatives are nothing but voting machines.

Two Systems... A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong
Two Systems… A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong

Everything is under the control of the president of the party, there are not genuine vote and election. In Hong Kong, people value democracy, rule of law and the separation of powers. Every require of funding and legislation must seek agreement from the legislative council so as to limit the power of the government.As such, there have been many pro-democracy protests recently in Hong Kong.

When it comes to the culture, Hong Kong inherits Chinese culture and is influenced by western culture deeply as Hong Kong was a colony of Britain till 1997. Even though Hong Kong was returned to China, Hong Kong is still being an international city. Hong Kong embraces all kind of cultures. For example, Hongkongers watch a vast number of American, Japanese, Korean and Chinese movies. Also, as a gourmet paradise, you can find food form different parts of the world in Hong Kong. Compared to Hong Kong, China is more xenophobic. They perceive America and Japan are evil empires. For instance, there was an enormous anti-Japan campaign in China, people ruined every Japanese product they can find.

Separate Currencies... Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies, and use separate money
Separate Currencies… Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies

Speaking of the economy. Hong Kong worships capitalism while China believes communism. Hong Kong has the freest economy system among the world but China has a strictly planed and regulated economy system. There is such a big comparison in the light of “one country, two systems” so Hong Kong is independent in terms of economy and politics. Additionally, Hong Kong has its own currency peg to the US dollar instead of using RMB. This is part of why Hong Kong is a large trading center, comparable to Wall Street—its service economy can serve large parts of the world remotely.

The two regions have distinct history, culture, and economies. Though both city and country have an important connection, the term “Chinese” cannot show all the features of Hong Kong. Hence, people in Hong Kong find themselves Hongkongers instead of Chinese.

Trump Feuds with the NFL… Story by Isaac Solly

From the weekend of September 23th, Trump has reignited a debate on flag etiquette and free speech. It began at a rally in Alabama, where he was campaigning for incumbent senator Luther Strange in a runoff to fill the seat left vacant by Att. Gen. Jeff Sessions (a race which Strange lost). Though he made some controversial comments, the most memorable was where he referenced players who had kneeled during the anthem, calling them out with explicit language and urging coaches to fire them.

Alabama Rally… Trump reignited the debate in an Alabama rally, attacking kneeling players with explicit language. Photo By: CNN.
Alabama Rally… Trump reignited the debate in an Alabama rally, attacking kneeling players with explicit language. Photo By: CNN.

In response, many coaches and owners chose to either respond via Twitter or a public statement, though Trump had also tweeted out on his private account similar messages. There were also protests on the field—coaches and owners largely stayed with the players during the anthem as a sign of unity, and large portions of players kneeled or showed other signs of defiance.

This debate was sparked last year in September when Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem to protest social inequality. His advocates praised the silent protest, while others argued that the flag should be respected. There is flag etiquette in the U.S., however, people frequently break it and it is not enforced.

Free speech has been an issue of late, with some organizations trying to shut down controversial speakers on both sides, including conflicts at Berkley. Trump’s remarks may be ironic because of this, as he has promoted the free speech rights of alt-right marches in Charlottesville and other towns, but asked for NFL heads to fire the dissenting players—a call which has been heftily rejected by the NFL commissioners.

Kneeling Teams… Some players of the New England Patriots protest Trump’s remarks and kneel during the anthem. Photo By: Jim Rogash
Kneeling Teams… Some players of the New England Patriots protest Trump’s remarks and kneel during the anthem. Photo By: Jim Rogash.

Though most of the ire has been drawn at the NFL, other sport agencies were in the news at a similar time. Just after the rally, Trump had withdrawn the customary invitation to visit the white house to the winning NBA team—in this case the Golden State Warriors. This was, according to Trumps tweet (Twitter was also the platform he used to withdraw the invitation), because Stephen Curry was having doubts about going. This referenced Curry’s vocal dislike of Trump, and afterwards NBA players such as LeBron James lined up in his support. Conversely, Nascar owners said they would not tolerate protests during the anthem, a policy much more in line with Trumps wishes.

 

 

Colin Kaepernick is Kneeling for What He Believes In Story By: Dave Dowel

Have you ever stood for something you believed in? Well, that’s what Colin Kaepernick did in the third week of this preseason. On Aug 26, 2016, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers sat during the national anthem when the 49ers were playing the Green Bay Packers. Colin sat on the bench after the game telling the NFL “he would not stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. He also said “He would donate a 1 million dollars,” and on Sep. 2, 2016 he did. Then on Sep.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid … kneeling during the National Anthem – Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid … kneeling during the National Anthem –
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

7, 2016 he pledged to donate money from jersey sales. During the fourth week of the preseason Eric Reid of San Francisco 49ers, Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks, and Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos also took a knee during the national anthem. Later during week one of the NFL season the Seattle Seahawks were going to try to take a knee as a team but they could not get everyone to agree, so they linked arms during the national anthem, Arian Foster, Kenny Stills, Jelani Jenkins and Michael Thomas all took a knee during the national anthem and Robert Quinn and Kenny Still both took knee during national anthem both of them being a part of the Los Angeles Rams. Later that week Jeff Fisher, head coach of the Los Angeles Ram, asks that Robert Quin and Kenny Still please not continue with kneeling. Robert Quinn response was “I respect Coach Fisher”.

This is not the first time someone or people had stood up for something they believed in. They first time was during the 1936 Summer Olympics. The Olympics was held in Berlin, Germany, the opening done by Adolf Hitler. Hitler thought only blue eyed and blonde people should complete in the game, but Jesse Owens ignored that won 4 gold medals and stood on the winner podium.

Seahawks players and Coach … linking arm during National Anthem – Photo by AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Seahawks players and Coach … linking arm during National Anthem – Photo by
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Now Colin and other NFL are kneeling for that they believe in. The San Francisco 49ers ownership is backing Colin Kaepernick and has also donated 1 million dollars. NFL player and other celebrities have been weighing in on Colin Kaepernick. Jerry Rice (long time 49er’s Wide reviver) disagreed with Colin Kaepernick and does not like how he is going about this. When Colin first kneeled Arron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers said he did not support Colin Kaepernick. So everyone who kneeled with Colin are supporting him and his right to protest. No matter what other people say or do, Colin Kaepernick continues to kneel and mostly like will until something is done.

Was it right for Colin Kaepernick to Kneel During the National Anthem? Story By: Bailey Stapleton

Above, shows Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem
Above, shows Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem

The last few 49’ers games led to much controversy as NFL player, Colin Kaepernick of The San Francisco 49’ers allegedly sat and then kneeled during the National Anthem. He has stated that the reason for the kneeling was because of his belief that “Black people” are being oppressed. He then went to say quote, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

This angered fans and veterans who took to social media to express their feelings even famous NFL player Jerry Rice went to say “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.”

Kaepernick on left hugs Aaron Rodgers on right after defeat to Green Bay in Pre-season.
Kaepernick on left hugs Aaron Rodgers on right after defeat to Green Bay in Pre-season.

Was it right for Colin to sit? It appears not as he received boo’s from the Chargers stadium. One navy veteran was outraged over the kneeling and went to say “I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag, If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.” While in the crowd one sign read, “You’re an American act like it!” It seems Kaepernick was in the wrong as people everywhere even his good friend Aaron Rodgers disagrees with his act and has refused to support Kaepernick. Even the NFL is considering pulling him.

The Protest Against the National Anthem – Why Now? Story By Florence Bates

Recently Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand up during one of their football games to sing the national anthem with the rest of the stadium. Kaepernick has

Kneeling for what you believe in... Photo By: bleacherreport.net
Kneeling for what you believe in… Photo By: bleacherreport.net

previously stated that he sat down during the anthem to create a statement over the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The movement has been ongoing since 2012, but presently the anthem is being protested against. Why now?

Because of the election coming up, the black vote is heavily favored for Hillary Clinton.  About 70% of the democratic vote consists of African Americans. Now that more and more Americans are beginning to protest against the national anthem, this will encourage the African Americans who consider themselves a part of the liberal and democratic parties to vote for Hillary rather than Bernie or even Trump.

Why Now?.. Photo By: washingtontimes.com
Why Now?.. Photo By: washingtontimes.com

Since Colin Kaepernick has sparked the rise, or sitting, against America’s anthem, supporters of Black Lives Matter have been encouraged to stay seated during the anthem as well as protest more. Now that the protest has grown, the election could be greatly changed, but for better or worse?