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Attack on Titan in Hong Kong

The comic Attack on Titan is quite popular in Hong Kong. Some Hong Kongers can relate to the characters in the story since the history and current political situation of Hong Kong is similar to that of the humans in the story.

According to Weekly Playboy News, Kacey Wong argues that Hong Kong thrived for more than 100 years under the colonial protection of the UK. However, after Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, a lot of Hong Kong residents felt that important freedoms were lost in Hong Kong. Wong goes on to say that the situation of Hong Kong is just like that of the humans who used walls to protect themselves, only to find them destroyed one day by the giants. Then, the humans began to live in fear.

Kacey Wong is an artist and a professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. He uses art to make political protests. During the big protests against China held in Hong Kong in July 2013, he made a piece called Attack of the Red Giant. The piece depicts a red giant. On the left side of the giant’s chest, there is a yellow star that represents the star in the national flag of China, and the giant is holding two humans in his hand to represent the people of Hong Kong. With this piece, Wong tried to evoke an image of a China that eats people in Hong Kong using its economic power.

IRONNA covered the story of a college student in Hong Kong named Liu, who compared herself and a fellow demonstrator to Eren and Mikasa, the leading characters in the comic. Hong Kong had enjoyed democracy during the British colonial period, and the “One Country, Two Systems” policy was supposed to guarantee that Hong Kong remain a free society for fifty years after it was returned to China. However Liu feels that freedoms of Hong Kongers have been eroded as China began to intervene into Hong Kong and the Chinese economy began to grow rapidly.

Attack on Titan depicts defiance by humans in the face of a power so much greater than them. To some extent, everyone has a power that they want to defy, but find it hard to defy. This has been a universal human issue, both over time and across the world. The remarks by the two people in Hong Kong suggest that one of the reasons the comic has garnered the support of so many people across so many countries is that readers see themselves in the situations that arise in the story. Reading the comic may therefore offer encouragement in their own hard-fought battles against the “giants” in their lives.

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