In my previous article, I wrote about the 1967 Hong Kong riots and how it impacted me. For that article, click: http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/667021.
Just after the bomb explosion incident on Aug 20, 1967 that killed the boy and his sister, a terrorist act was committed by the communist leftists. On August 24, Lam Bun, 林彬a popular anti-leftist radio commentator, was murdered by a death squad posing as road maintenance workers, as he drove to work with his cousin; prevented from getting out of his car, he was burned alive.
The unidentifiable murderers (named heroes by the leftists at the time) who committed this despicable act apparently escaped back to Mainland China and were never caught or named to this date. In the 1967 riots, 51 people were killed, of whom 15 died in bomb attacks, with 832 people sustaining injuries. I am not aware of any one killed by the “protesters” in 2019 although 6 people committed suicides as their own expression of “protests”. Of the hundreds injured, most are victims of police brutality during arrests and indiscriminate shootings at the protesters and reporters at close ranges.
Another part of my memories involves the blackmailing of my father by alleged “patriotic leftists”. To this date, only 5 people knew about this in my family and all have now passed away except me. I feel that this is the time to reveal it after half a century. In June of 1967, my father received a letter from “patriotic citizens” requesting a large sum of $5000 to be deposited into the water tank of a toilet inside a leftists controlled movie theatre to support their course to topple the British Government running the colony or unfortunate things will happen to his family members.
Contrary to the warning not to report to the police, my father called one of his police friends in the crime investigation unit. A stakeout was made but the perpetrator never showed up to collect the money. To this date, no one was ever caught. It was surmised that the criminal got wind of the police involvement and abandoned their plans. Nevertheless, this strengthened my father's resolve to leave Hong Kong and so he proceeded with his plans to emigrate to Canada.
The first step of the plan was to get a Passport. My father was born in Hong Kong and was entitled to a British Passport. Nevertheless, he had to be vetted by two “Justices of the Peace” who knew him on a personal basis. Luckily the family knew a few of the Justices as we were established in Hong Kong for three generations.
当年，加拿大不吸收亚洲移民，且每天只签发6张旅行签证。 1967年，加拿大立国百年，蒙特利尔被选为1967年世界博览会的主办城市。当时，为了在短时间内获得加拿大的机票，人们必须向航空公司员工行贿。我的父亲和我的兄弟前往蒙特利尔观看世界博览会，然后拜访了我母亲在多伦多生活的朋友。这位朋友将我的父亲介绍给了当时York Centre选区的国会议员。这样，父亲可以在加拿大境内申请移民身份。一年后，我陪同母亲作为移民来到加拿大。
Canada did not open its doors to immigration for Asians at the time and only 6 travelling visas were granted every day. 1967 was Canada's centennial birthday and Montreal was chosen as the host city for the World Exposition 1967 as well. In order to secure a ticket to Canada in short order, a bribe has to be made to the airline employees. My father and my brother thus went to Montreal to see the World Exposition and visited my mother's friend living in Toronto afterwards. This friend introduced my father to the Member of Parliament for her riding of York Centre and he proceeded to apply for immigration status from within Canada. One year later, I accompanied my mother to land in Canada as immigrants.
The 1967 involved leftists workers waving their “little red books”. They did not get the full support of the mainland government and resorted to terrorists acts of bomb explosions. Many rioters went to jail or deported and their careers were ruined. Unlike today's many peaceful demonstrators, the 1967 rioters were actively intimidating the police and citizens with illegal marches and bomb plantings. In those days, local Chinese police members were insulted as “Yellow skinned dogs”referring to the fact that they were Chinese working for the British. Other Caucasian members were simply named as “White skinned pigs”. Sadly, many of these rioters were rewarded with honorary medals and government patronage jobs after 1997. These are also the same people who want to introduce legislation to prosecute those who insult the police today. Apparently, what was good for the goose is not good for the gander any more!
There are over 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong at this moment. With the uncertainty hanging over their heads, many of my Canadian friends are contemplating their return to Canada for the sake of their children. With the out of reach real estate prices, the almost daily protests and the political dark clouds hanging over Hong Kong, they need to make decisive decisions. I hope they make the right one, just like my father did back in 1967.
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