Slavery Education: From Hong Kong's Education Prison

Kit Ying Lau
Posted October 30, 2021 from Hong Kong

In September 1995, I entered primary school. At six, I rebelled for compulsory slavery education. It was the first high-handed ruling I encountered in my life. As I remember, I expressed that I wanted to be a homeschool entrepreneur clearly. Everyday, my mum was busy on running a family business. So, I thought I could learn mathematics and entrepreneurship for helping my mum at home. Unfortunately, children always don’t have right to speak out in my hometown. They are always regarded as “childish”. They replied, “all children need to go to school.” Later, I decided to escape from school.

After that, my principal, class teacher and social workers forced my mum to sign a devil contract for making sure that I accepted compulsory slavery education. Otherwise, they would send my mum to prison. As a result, I sent myself into "education prison”. My mum was uneducated due to Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). She just asked me to listen to my teachers. Eventually, it lasted until my twenty for completion of the whole education.

In fact, I could not adapt both “mainstream education” and “mainstream society” in my native society. However, I had no choices. In school, I was always bullied by other classmates, just because I acted so slowly. I was silenced. But my class teacher commented that I was “unsociable”. Being alone was impossible. During the days of examinations, I always vomited in my schools, but teachers and social workers always ignored me. I felt so depressed. I was extremely headache. I thought I got examinophobia. No one cares. Education was a hell for students in Hong Kong. During my school days, I needed to study until 4am. I was extremely tired. However, making a sick leave was not allowed.

After telling my stories, my psychiatrist gives me a lot of Lexapro, Aripiprazole and Xanax, which are used to heal my depression. I just think I don’t have dignity. It’s because my personal stories are always regarded as “useless” in Hong Kong. No one cares. Why do I need to be famous or perfect to speak out?

When I grow up, I just discover that compulsory slavery education and modern slavery regime are a vicious cycle for people from slavery class in Hong Kong. Slavery people are well-trained for cruel capitalists under the most extreme "freedom" of capitalism. Landlords, elite class and ruling class always help to maintain "social stability" and "harmony". Under these circumstances, I am marginalized.

As an adult, I think children are forced to receive compulsory slavery education. It's immoral, though Education Bureau of HKSAR stated that it is a kind of “human rights” and “children’s rights”. Plus, it's always unfavorable for SEN students, but they are forced to enter "mainstream education".

When I found World Pulse, I hope sharing my personal stories can make connections with other world leaders and change makers.

Stop compulsory slavery education. We need political reform. It’s my dream.

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megsmueller
Oct 31
Oct 31

Greetings to you! Welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for raising awareness and for your call to action in the fight against slavery education. Your stories are not useless because your experiences are very real. What was expected of you, was quite unfair - you were not given many options. I am sorry for that. It wasn't easy for your mom to adhere, for the fear of being separated from you. We are so happy that you have found a safe place in which to raise your voice. You do not back down and I admire your resilience. On World Pulse we do not whisper, our voices are ear-piercing. All the best with connecting...

Kit Ying Lau
Oct 31
Oct 31

Thank you, Meg!
Yes, I think I need to make some noise.
Yes, I think World Pulse is a safe place for me to write my own childhood experience.
Thank you for your support again!

Susu Mohamed
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hi sister kitlau,
Welcome to World pulse.
I loved your first story I am looking forward reading more from you.
Regards,
Suu

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 01
Nov 01

Thank you, Susu! : )
Actually, I just posted my second story: Women Without Their Own Rooms.

Susu Mohamed
Nov 01
Nov 01

Ooh yes that is a great.

Jill Langhus
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hello Iris,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm sorry you had such a tumultuous, and seemingly heartless, educational experience. I'm trying to wrap my head around this. What exactly is "slavery education?" I'm sorry if this triggers you but this is the first I've heard of it, and want to know more. Are you suffering from PTSD from this still, dear? It sounds like you are.

Your voice is important to us! It is safe here.

Looking forward to seeing more posts from you. xx

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hi Jill,
I am so sorry that I couldn't write well. Maybe it's my first time to publish.

Ummm....What exactly is "slavery education"? That's a good question!

I should mention in my article about Hong Kong history. Hong Kong was a British colony before 1997. Slavery education was used to make people more obedient for an easy ruling. In 1997, Hong Kong was handover to China. However, slavery education still exists after 1997, while we cannot make a political reform. Moreover, such kind of education is compulsory. That means, parents will be sent to prison when their children reject to receive the education, according to Hong Kong law.

I don't think I have PTSD, at least my psychiatrist didn't tell me about that. She just commented that I got severe depression. It's my first time to hear about PTSD. Maybe I will ask my psychiatrist. Thanks a lot! : )

Jill Langhus
Nov 01
Nov 01

Hello, dear,

No apologies necessary. I just wanted some clarification:-)

Oh, I see. Oh, dear. So, it's more a style of education that a curriculum?

Okay. I'm wondering if it still crops up. It sounds traumatic to me. To me, there's always a cause for depression. If you're interested, you can try my colleague's short PTSD test, and notate what your results are. It will tell you what your anxiety, depression and stress levels are. He's been actively seeking getting funds and expanding a PTSD system to help more people, FYI. This is the site: https://sessionwise.org/player/webPlayerNoLogin.html?lessonPlan=SESSW/TE...

Hope you feel better soon. xx

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 01
Nov 01

Oh Jill,
Thank you so much! The site is very useful for me!
It indicates that I have PTSD...My scores are high...

Jill Langhus
Nov 01
Nov 01

You're very welcome, dear.

Great to hear. Yes, that's what I thought! If you feel called to do so, please reach out to my colleague and see if he can fit you in for the training (he trains in pairs so that others can learn and benefit from the exercises). You can tell him that I referred you. If not, I would recommend asking your therapist about it and if they aren't trained in this and aren't addressing these pressing issues, you may want to consider getting another one. It's hard to find a good therapist.

Please let me know how it goes. I hope you feel much better soon, dear. XX

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 01
Nov 01

How can I reach out to your colleague?

Jill Langhus
Nov 01
Nov 01

It’s on his, SessionWise.org home page. Let me know how it goes. You can private message me.

Felicitas Wung
Nov 02
Nov 02

Helo sister! You are welcome to world pulse.
Nice story

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 02
Nov 02

Thank you, Felicitas.

jeannette nahora
Nov 02
Nov 02

Hello lau thank you for sharing your story and sorry for your back ground but everything can change though you when you get where the problem is ,it is the first way to handle it we are here for you and together we can

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 03
Nov 03

Thank you, Jeannette!
I will write more about my personal stories on World Pulse. : )

Kay Link
Nov 03
Nov 03

Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so sorry you had that experience with education - I think freedom to learn and explore topics at your own pace is so important, and so many schooling systems across the world instead teach obedience and push young students too far (like having to study until 4am!) I am glad you shared your story with us and hope you are doing well.

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 03
Nov 03

Thank you, Kay! : )

Regina Afanwi Young
Nov 03
Nov 03

Hello Kitty, welcome to World Pulse. Congratulations on your first post dear. How are you doing? Sorry you had to go through all the trauma. Am so glad Jill. Recommended you for the trauma resolution sessions on Sessionwise. I can attest to its impact on PTSD.
Hope you feel much better.
Sending you hugs from my end**
Regina

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 03
Nov 03

Thank you, Regina! I love you! : )

Regina Afanwi Young
Nov 03
Nov 03

Thanks dearie, love you too

MUKABA ZAWADI
Nov 04
Nov 04

Vous êtes le bienvenu dans worldPulse. Et courage pour dans l'action de la lutte contre l'éducation à l'esclavage, World Pulse est votre Famille

Grace Iliya
Nov 15
Nov 15

Hello Kit
Welcome to World pulse. I am sorry you had to go through all that but I am glad you have visions of making things better. Sometimes our experiences channel paths to achievements and satisfaction. I know you will succeed in this journey
Much Love

Kit Ying Lau
Nov 15
Nov 15

Thank you! : )