Headline August 08, 2017/ ''' *HONK KONG* -INEQUITIES- HAPPENSTANCE?* '''



WELL STUDENTS : ENTER STAGE LEFT and tell me....................-21st Century and What the hell does this dam and damn extreme POVERTY want now?

In Hong Kong there is an intense and extreme pressure on Students, which Ms Lau thinks is totally to blame for the city's  'Youth Suicide Rate'.

One distinguished professor from Hong Kong sends a very encouraging note  -Sir, the World Students Society has for sure provided a necessary voice and credits all of us with very great honors and accomplishments..

Thank You, Professor, Sir! And I answered that I want the ordinary student, Jane, and  Joe to know,  that I am  just their write -in and that we are all, the whole world, in this together. 

The World Students Society belongs to every single student from Hong Kong. Just as it belongs to every single student in the world.

So lets turn and catch up with Ms. Lau, where on her tour the visitors don't just see glitzy malls but homelessness, poverty and injustice...............

If I was a tourist, I'd see those things, how expensive everything is here, and think, 'Hong Kong people must have a really good life,'  ''she continued.

''That's one side of  Hong Kong Island,. It isn't telling people a lot of people's stories.''

As the tour wound deeper into Kowloon,  the broad peninsula that points towards the sparkling towers of  Hong Kong  Island,  Ms. Lau discussed the city's housing crisis.

She stopped outside real estate agencies to explain the prices, instead of taking the group down the  ''sneaker street''  favored by bargain seeking tourists.

Ducking into the foyer of a  landmark  building that houses a training  school, Ms. Lau talked about the intense pressure on  students, which she said, was partly to blame for the city's  *youth suicide rate*.

She led the group through ramshackle  make-shift shelters on Tung Chau Street, a  homeless community on the edge of  Sham Shul Po,  first warning people not to take photos.

''This is their home,'' she said.

Alessandro Dutto, 23, and Andrea Pertoldi, 24, two italian backpackers, showed after seeing a flier for the tour in their hostel, even though a fellow tourist told them not to bother because there was  ''nothing to see''  in this part of the city.

''It was one of the most interesting things we we could have done here,'' Mr, Pertoldi said.

When the three hour walking tour ended, Ms. Lau, still smiling,  collected tips; the tours are free, but customers can choose to pay. 

Some disappeared back into Hong Kong's subway system, where they could emerge in 10 minutes later back in the heart of the island's  wealthy Central shopping district, with its air-conditioned  Louis Vuitton and Armani stores.  

Ms. Lau grew up not far from the tours she leads, in a public housing estate in Wong Tai Sin. There, her parents live in the same two-bedroom apartment where she once shared a bedroom with her sister and brother.

Her life now is much easier than those of her parents at her age, but  Hong Kong's high cost of living means the glittering central mecca that tourists frequently is out of her reach.

''No one I know goes for lunch in Central or Admiralty,'' she said of the main business areas on Hong Kong Island.

One topic she addresses in her tour is the  volatile political climate in Hong Kong.. 

Ms. Lau, who slept in the streets of central Hong Kong for a few weeks in 2014 as part of the  Occupy movement, said the removal of four pro-democracy lawmakers from office in July had so angered and demoralized people she knew that some were thinking of leaving the city.   

During the  next day's tour, she added a dose of the latest political developments, hoping, she said, that when Hong Kong  reaches another breaking point, the tourists on her tour will see it on the news and feel a connection to the place.

''This city is not going to go quietly the way that the government wanted it to,'' she said. ''There is anger here, and something has to happen, something very big. I don't know if it will be protests, demonstrations, revolution or some thing else.''

Cheryl Dilks, originally from Boulder, Colo, and now loving in Guam, took the tour while visiting Hong Kong for the first time.

She said it was refreshing to hear Ms. Lau's perspective.

''This part of the city would be hard to see as an outsider,'' she said. ''It looks pretty clean everywhere, and you don't see a lot of homeless people. 

So for her to explain the inequities  to us is something I was really very thankful for.''

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the World. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011-

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Good Night and God Bless

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