The Occupy Central Movement has gone through its anniversary. This article hopes to provide another perspective in examining this most controversial social movement that Hong Kong has experienced hitherto: what kind of reflection can be captured by the Social Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in lieu of the conflicting values as elaborated during the entire period? The analysis will start with a recapitulation of social movements in Hong Kong since the turn of 1960s when the Catholic Church itself was having its internal reform. Social activists with Christian background and echoing its social teachings became an important force of social movement during the early period of the development of civil society in Hong Kong. The reunification of Hong Kong to China has brought about much mixed feeling and turning the identity issue into a time bomb. The gap between the conventional discourse on the social ethos of Hong Kong against the enriching capture and analysis of Hong Kong identity has turned the social context into a much complicated mood. The emergence and evolvement of vocal “nativist” or “local” group becomes a new faction, the so-called yau gao (the “rightards”) that would not bother much to challenge the pro-institution faction, but more to those, who they stated as jaw gao (“leftards”) who have been using a “peaceful, rational, non-violent and non-offensive” approach to fight for democracy in Hong Kong but yet achieving nowhere. The jaw gao/ yau gao (leftards/rightards) dispute as a conflict within the yellow ribbon faction on top of the rivalry between the blue ribbon and yellow ribbon factions somewhat reflect how Hong Kong has been torn apart. By going into details the conventional discourse of the pro-institutional views as well as the rationales of yau gao, this article hopes to allow those Catholic Social Teaching followers a reflection on the changing social context, and how to rethink their possible role in the future.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||天主教研究學報 (Hong Kong journal of Catholic studies)|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|