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A lovely FB thread is going around, started by a mortuary-attendant-slash-nursing-student. He asked: "After we reclaim Hong Kong, what do you want to do?"

His answer: "I want to start a restaurant. Because I like going to yum cha."

#HongKongProtests

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"I want to be an anthropologist, to study Hong Kong's eating and drinking culture, university halls' residence culture––what it means to be a Hongkonger.

I want to open a chachanteeng and pass on secret recipes for making milk tea & flaky egg tarts."

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"I am a social worker! I want to make a big family, accepting people in need from ages 0-28. I see so many people who do not have warmth in their lives; it breaks my heart. I want to let them know that in this world, there are many people who care about them!"

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"I want to open a bookstore. Every day, there will be a storytelling time, so that I can read to kids who visit.

The bookstore doesn't have to be big; it can be small. Everyone can sit together, read, and talk."

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"I want to be a freelance writer, defend Traditional Chinese and Cantonese."

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"If I am able, I want to open an elderly care home, so that our elders can have a good and peaceful place to live out their lives."

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"I'm actually a baker. I want to open a bakery and an animal shelter."

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"I want to be an accountant. I want to do a tally of the crimes that the Hong Kong and Chinese governments have committed against us."

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"I want to open a small store, and sit at the entrance everyday to say hello to the residents in my area!"

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The #HongKongProtests are often painted as a force of destruction and violence.

But this violence is simply a response to a tyrannical government that taught us peaceful protest doesn't work.

Our resistance is also generative, founded on a desire to imagine a better Hong Kong.
"I want to cook good and cheap congee, with special discounts for those who do not have a home to go back to!"

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"I want to work with animals. So many stray animals have been injured or died because of endless tear gas; but not many people know about this."

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"I want to tell children the story of how their brothers and sisters fought for them."

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"I want to be a farmer. I want to have a small restaurant next to the farm, which only takes one table per night, and people can pay what they like. Since you can't really plant things in the summer, we will do a musical every summer holiday."

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"I want to open a cheap version of Subway."

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"I want to make films, to document the beating pulse of the city, the joys and sorrows of the city's residents. I want to use the power of the camera, alongside music and narration, to tell stories that will inspire hope and love in people's hearts."

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"I want to open a fishball stall. Because I like eating curry fishballs."

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"I want to be the wife of a frontline protester."

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"I want to open a stationary store. In the past, I always stopped by the stationary store after school before going back home."

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"I want to meet every single person who has helped me in this movement, and be friends with them."

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“I want to work at the International Court of Justice, as a representative of Hong Kong. I want the placard to say: Hong Kong.”

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“I want to teach at a university. I want to drive a mobile library to different districts, and recommend readings to residents, sharing access to knowledge with all.

Injustice will always exist, so I also want to keep fighting to create a better world.”

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From the user: “Remember this feeling. Our tireless efforts today are all aimed at this: creating the best possible life. When you feel despair, like you are ready to give up, think about our lives after we win this fight.”

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(cont.) “Reading the comments, I am so moved.

This is what the real Lion Rock Spirit is about, not the Lion Rock spirit of the blue ribbons who only think about themselves and their business interests.”

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“I want to start an organization that helps families with children with special educational needs.”

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“I want to be an archivist, and record the history of we Hongkongers.”

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“I want to continue to be a voice dubber, to ensure that Cantonese is carried on across generations, across the world.”

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“I want to sit down and listen to every single young person’s story of resistance.”

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"I want to open a shop that sells cruelty free and sustainable products, and take responsibility to ensure that the Earth can be sustained for the next generation."

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"As a gay person, I hope that after there is universal suffrage, we can implement equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people, including the right to same-sex marriage."

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"I want to open a museum that documents the history of Hongkongers."

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"I want to direct comedies, the films I make will be so funny that you will laugh until you fall down."

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"I hope to have children of my own, to be there while they grow up, and for them to have the opportunity to freely chase their dreams."

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"I want to be a full-time cat photographer and artist. I don't want to be a realtor anymore!"

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"I just want to be a normal housewife, work a regular job, go to yum cha when I have time, and not have to suffer through high rent prices. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how long I will have to wait until this can happen."

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"I want to open a drawing studio that exists for itself, and not for the purpose of students doing homework or competing for prizes."

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"I don't want to work.

I want to have a small plot of land and farm it myself, and to be able to give nice produce to my neighbours. We can just sit together and chat."

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Will keep updating this thread because Hongkongers' dreams, fears, ramblings, deserve to be read & remembered.

Every day feels ripe for a fresh horror––especially now in this de facto state of emergency.

But Hongkongers will persist––as we have for as long as we have existed.
"I want to open a restaurant that gives free meals to those who have been in prison or who have been convicted."

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"I want to open a siu mai/cheung fun restaurant, the type that uses scissors to cut up the cheung fun with a satisfying sound, that uses parchment paper to line the steamers."

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"I want to be a lawyer that helps Hongkongers – I want to help protesters facing trial to defend their legal rights; to help those with family issues to navigate arduous legal procedures; to protect children's rights so that they will not be harmed."

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"I want to be a florist. The smell of flowers will waft out of my store, so that those walking past will feel relaxed and feel that today is a beautiful day. They will then buy a bunch of flowers that they like and take them home."

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"I want to open an orphanage, for those children whose parents do not love them or who hurt them. I will love them instead."

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"After we reclaim Hong Kong, I want teachers to no longer be controlled by the government or the elite, so that they can spend time designing pedagogy that centers students and respects every child's unique qualities––to change Hong Kong's system of elitism."

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"I really want to promote Hong Kong pop culture, so that there can be more Cantonese songs and Hong Kong movies––so that people can develop a love for and sense of belonging to their local culture."

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"If I am still alive when we reclaim Hong Kong, I hope to open a community center that can help residents, serve those with special needs, and not discriminate against those with mental health issues."

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