The Digital Journalist
© Mark Leong
BEIJING, 1997.
At the Hongmiao Elementary School, students take part in a special classroom activity about the return of Hong Kong to China from British control. The blackboard reads "Hong Kong, the Motherland Welcomes You." Following a patriotic song, a student reads a letter to his cross-border counterparts: "After a century of hard times, Hong Kong will finally return to the Motherland's embrace. Do you know about the Motherland? Led by President Jiang Zemin, it is developing rapidly. Unfortunately, our dear Grandpa Deng Xiaoping passed away before he could see the handover."