MUSIC THAT SINGS THE VOICE OF THE WORKERS INTERVIEW WITH UNION ORGANIZER STANLEY HO

MUSIC THAT SINGS THE VOICE OF THE WORKERS

INTERVIEW WITH UNION ORGANIZER STANLEY HO

 

What brings music and labour movement together? The producer of “Wild Fire” explains:

 

“I hope that this is a sequel of the Umbrella Movement.  Because the pursuit of democracy is a form of social concern, and the voice of the workers also needs social concern.  As the occupation movement has drawn to a close, I turned to music to draw social concern for workers rights”

 

“You can't change the world overnight, but music is long-lasting, it has the power to accumulate strength”

Adrian Chow hopes that music can gather strength for workers


 

 The director of the record, Stanley Ho, explains the reasons for choosing music as a means to voice out for workers:

 

Q:  From when this idea of making music to promote labour movement came across your mind?

 

A:  It first came across my mind in 2010, but it didn't happen back then due to a number of difficulties and lack of funds.  Afterwards, I met Adrian Chow during the Dockers' Strike.  After discussing with him for a number of times, preparations finally started from last year.

 

Q:  Instead of other forms of expression, why chose music to promote labour movement? 

 

A:  Before, we used many conventional means to promote labour movement, such as posters and billboard etc.  But we want our message to further proliferate in the society and music is exactly the medium that possess this power.  For instance, during the Liverpool Dockers' Strike in 1995, a lot of artworks were created in homage of the striking workers, while many of these artworks are still housed in the National Museum in Liverpool.  We believe the voice of the workers can integrate in culture and arts.  There is a role for workers in music.

 

When you look at the pop culture in Hong Kong, such as movies, soap operas and pop songs.  Themes are always about romance and it is monotonous.  We hope this record can bring the voices of the workers to the Hong Kong pop scene and makes a new impact.

 

Q:  What did you have to add?

 

A:  Supporting this record is very important.  Other than buying it, I also want the listeners to savour the lyrics and experience the stories of the workers.

TOP SONGS - 《BITTERNESS
 

Without the protection of Standard Working Hour, many workers in Hong Kong suffer from long working hours.  This song reflects a typical story of a long working hour mother, Four Eyes Girl.  Performed by MUSZE.

 

A Long Gone Love—Four Eyes Girl

 

Four Eyes Girl has an alarm clock within her body.  The alarm clock goes off whenever the pain and aches from long working hours and lack of rest strikes her.  

 

We call her Four Eyes Girl, which is a lady wearing glasses.  She is a dim sum chef who leaves home for work before dawn everyday and doesn't return home until the sky turns dark again.  She doesn't catch much sunlight normally.  But for her, work is not the toughest.  The real bitterness kicks in when she thinks of her children.  As a single mother of two children, Four Eyes Girl quipped at herself as abandoning her children at home for work.  But in order to give them a better life, she has little options.  Since there is a lack community child care, children are often left unattended at home by working mothers despite having to break the law.  So when Four Eyes Girl leaves for work on weekends, she always tells her children, “the police will arrest me if anything happens to you!”  Fortunately, her children are sensible enough to understand their mother's bitterness.  But not until one day when she found out her daughter has grown taller than her, she realized how much time she had missed in spending with her.

 

It is impossible to reclaim the time that you have missed in spending with your children.  So Four Eyes Girl dedicated herself to the union in order to help other workers in similar situation.  But more importantly, hoping that workers from the next generation don't have to making a living in the expense of family life.

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