The Case of the Swearing Teacher is a controversial issue in Hong Kong at the moment. The original incident was a relatively minor one, but its aftermath does raise a lot of questions about Hong Kong’s level of autonomy 16 years after China regained soveignty over the territory. Here is a brief summary of what happened:
While police were handling a protest on July 14 in which representatives of the Falun Gong (Is it a spiritual movement or cult?) were clashing with members of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association (Is the HKYCA a legitimate local youth group or simply a front for the Chinese Communist Party?),Police seemed to be deliberately siding with the HKYCA (Why would the police show favouritism to one side?). A local primary school teacher, Alpais Lam Wai-sze, was caught on video swearing at police officers (Do school teachers need to be on their best behaviour 24 hours a day?).Afterwards, despite her apology, she was the subject of a public campaign to vilify her. For example, banners were posted at her school calling for her dismissal (Who is behind this campaign and what are their motives?)
For more information, you can read the following articles:
- Fault Lines Laid Bare in Hong Kong (New York Times)
- Battle lines drawn over teacher Alpais Lam’s swearing at police (SCMP)
- Hong Kong Teacher Being Politically Persecuted After Standing Up Against China Anti-Cult Association (Blog: Dictionary of Politically Incorrect Hong Kong Cantonese)
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