Born and raised in Hong Kong, Darkas Yu has never thought of his home for almost half a century. But last year’s events changed his mind.
Al Jazeera has documented the last four months of the U family in Hong Kong, telling their story of why a family decided to move to a country where they do not speak the language and have fewer friends or job prospects than staying in Hong Kong.
The publication of this story was delayed at their request.
‘I love this place’
One that has been significant on political dissent and the education system since the introduction of China Clear the National Security Act The end of 2020 finally forced him to make a life-changing decision.
“Hong Kong is a place where I grew up. I love this place. But the government is destroying this city … like history and the education system. This city is torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces, torn to pieces. The pieces have been torn to pieces.
Yus had a typical middle-class family in Hong Kong. U and his wife, Esther Law, lived in their own flat and had a stable job with an income, equipped as an animator and executive assistant.
However, in the interest of their six-year-old twins Grace and Jaden, the couple decided to leave Hong Kong and move to Birmingham, UK, never to return to their home country.
“We will not leave Hong Kong without our children,” Yu said. “I am not confident about the education system in Hong Kong now. Patriotic education is like brainwashing.
Yusu was shocked by the Bureau of Education’s decision in October 2020 to disqualify a teacher accused of promoting Hong Kong’s independence.
The Hong Kong government later announced the controversial changes, naming the issue Liberal Studies, which it blamed for aiding the 2019 protests as “civic and social development”. Also, children under the age of six will now Giving lessons on “National Security” And can be expected to sing the national anthem of China.
‘Torture in Hong Kong’
“Since the introduction of the National Security Act, the political situation here has been deteriorating rapidly. We are also concerned about the future of Hong Kong and the future of my twin children. We want to leave as soon as possible, ”U told Al Jazeera before moving.
The couple had to weigh a lot: expenses, education, language problems and entry documents into the UK, which now offers over 30 million people in Hong Kong. Opportunity to move to Britain and finally secure citizenship.
Meanwhile the government has continued its political crackdown.
Pro-democracy MLAs and activists have been arrested and tried. Including many opposition figures, including veteran opposition MLAs Martin Lee and media tycoon Jimmy Lee – They were tried. Beijing has also announced a Supervision of the electoral system in Hong Kong, Where all candidates will be tested to ensure that only “patriotic” cities will be able to run.
For U, the improvements only proved his family’s decision to make … and soon. They brought their departure forward in mid-March 2021.
“If you don’t support the government, I have no choice but to leave the torture in Hong Kong today because the events here are depressing. We are being pushed to the edge of the hill and there is no way back, ”he said.
Yu says he will not miss Hong Kong. There was nothing left for them to do. This city was no longer their home.