July 1, 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the handover of sovereignty to Hong Kong. In recent years, it has undergone earth-shaking changes such as the "Reverse Extradition China" movement and the implementation of the "National Security Law." same. Ping Lu, a writer who won Taiwan's "National Literature and Art Award", was stationed in Hong Kong from 2003 to 2010 as the director of the Taiwan Guanghua News and Culture Center. During this period, he organized "Taiwan Month" activities. Ming Pao and many other Hong Kong media wrote columns, and published a collection of essays "Hong Kong Has Become a Past" to record her experiences in Hong Kong.
The last time she went to Hong Kong, 69-year-old Pinglu said that in 2019, before the pandemic, she worked as a writer-in-residence at the University of Hong Kong and participated in the Hong Kong Book Fair. Speaking of those years in Hong Kong, the handover ceremony of sovereignty in 1997, the death of Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui in 2003, the two legendary funerals of a generation, Pinglu said, she was there. Remembering the "Pearl of the Orient", she slowly told us about this moment in Hong Kong. Deutsche Welle: This year's July 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty, the third year of the "anti-extradition" movement, and the second year since the "Hong Kong National Security Law" came into effect. What is the most obvious change in Hong Kong in recent years? Pinglu: Let me address your topic in a different way. In fact, I have been thinking to myself, since 1997 since the handover, a question that Hong Kong people, friends from Hong Kong, or myself will always ask is whether Hong Kong will change from the original "Pearl Banner Design of the Orient" to a very special place. A bleak city in southern China? Will Hong Kong lose its character? Losing the characteristics of Hong Kong that is why it is Hong Kong? This has been worrying since before 1997.
Looking at it now, I think it is worth worrying about. DW: What do you mean by Hong Kong characteristics? Pinglu: A large part of the characteristics of Hong Kong has a lot to do with her life experience. She was originally a colony, so she has a very mixed color, and this mixed color is a very important part in terms of culture or creativity - the strength of every place in the future should be her creativity. . However, the color of this colony is precisely the biggest problem for Hong Kong since 1997, which is her predicament. This is something I often think about when I talk about Hong Kong. I already felt it in Hong Kong at the time, and I will always bring it up. Unexpectedly, she is becoming more and more real.