A Hong Konger
To leave, or not to leave
Leaving is no easier than staying.
At times like these, it is tempting – if not the emotive default – to think that decisions over one's departure, migration, residency, and citizenship, ought to be viewed through lenses of heroism and change. Many amongst those who leave Hong Kong declare that they are ostensibly continuing their campaign elsewhere – keeping the spirit alive, so to speak. On the other hand, many who opt to stay have claimed that they're staying for a better, brighter Hong Kong – one that they, too, could play a role in co-creating and molding.
Let's face it, though. Deep down, we all know, that underlying such grand-standing gestures and speech remains deeply rooted anxieties, insecurities, and uncertainty over the city's future. Hong Kong has endured some of the worst episodes of political violence over the past two years, with its relationship with Beijing stooping to near-unprecedented lows (setting aside the 1967 riots, for one). ...