Humans of Hong Kong

Humans of Hong Kong

Translated version of feature stories and interviews by Stand News. 立場新聞專題、人訪的英文版本。

2020/10/15 - 18:13

An island busker’s hope from “Glory to Hong Kong”

It’s another weekend morning that Jim Yeung went busking on the streets of Lamma, a laid-back island known for its hipsterish vibe and multicultural community where he has been performing for four years.

But this day, wearing a yellow ribbon, Jim brought the song “Glory to Hong Kong” to the “yellow shops” – or shops that support the pro-democracy movement – on the island one by one to show his support to the “thank-you shopping day” initiated by netizens. Singing hour after hour to the impressed audience, the 63-year-old busker didn’t show a sign of getting tired.


It might not be the first time for the audience to hear Jim singing the song, as one of his previous performances has been captured by a moved netizen and gone viral online. “Lamma Island shouldn’t be your only stage,” the netizen wrote.

When asked why he started singing “Glory to Hong Kong”, Jim said he were not thinking of what impact his performance would bring, though he knew the song means a lot to Hong Kong people. “I play music because I want to please myself in the first place,” he added. 

However, seeing how the song is appreciated by the audience, Jim is more than happy to sing it every time he concludes his performance, after playing those classics like “Imagine” and “Donna Donna”.

Even though the song has been performed so many times, Jim can’t help crying sometimes and closing his eyes to hide his tears, acting just like he is putting himself into the music. 

“It makes me think of our young people. They don’t owe Hong Kong for what’s happening now. They were just born here but suddenly have to fight for what being taken away from us, and there isn’t a future for them,” Jim said, bursting into tears that he could not hide again.

“I’m so angry with this and I want to do whatever I can do for them. So I sing to cheer up others.”

As the national security law came into effect while even shouting out a slogan or singing a song can bring someone to jail, it doesn’t stop the determined busker from performing on the island every weekend. To Jim, if there is anything he can do, he would do. “Just arrest me if they bother. I’m with Hong Kong for the rest of my life anyway,” Jim said.

“Glory of Hong Kong” (願榮光歸香港) is a march composed and written by a group of Hong Kong netizens during the pro-democracy movement broke out in 2019. (Original Cantonese version / English version)


Interview / Rachel Tang
Video / Tsz-hong Lau
Photo / Kenji Wong
Venue acknowledgement / Lalamama Cafe

Original article:
南丫島伯伯巡迴黃店唱《榮光》 「我能夠做嘅就係唱歌」