Date
24 November 2017
Japanese author Haruki Murakami (inset) urges Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists to pursue their fight, saying their efforts will never be in vain. Photos: Reuters, Facebook
Japanese author Haruki Murakami (inset) urges Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists to pursue their fight, saying their efforts will never be in vain. Photos: Reuters, Facebook

Novelist Murakami tells HK pro-democracy activists: Fight on!

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami urged Hong Kong’s young activists to pursue their fight for democracy, saying their efforts will never be in vain.

“I will stay behind you and your efforts in fighting for democracy will never be in vain,” Murakami told a Hong Kong fan.

The world-famous writer of such bestsellers as 1Q84 and Kafka On the Shore sent his message through a website called Murakami san no Tokoro (Mr. Murakami’s place), a website he set up in January to answer questions from his fans, Apple Daily reported.

The fan, 23-year-old Miffy, said she took part in the protests staged by the Occupy Movement last year.

With a little help from a classmate at Lingnan University, she wrote in Japanese and asked Murakami: “How could young people fond of literature and writing shake the high wall?”

The question had reference to a speech Murakami gave when he received the Jerusalem Prize, a biennial literary award, in 2009. He said then: “Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.”

That has been quoted as a belief by many young pro-democracy people in Hong Kong.

On Saturday, the author sent his reply through an email and posted it on the website as well.

Murakami said: “Please continue your efforts and change the world little by little.”

He said he felt pity for those who waged the struggle in Hong Kong.

“I feel pity as many things did not turn out the way we wished them to be,” he said. “However, changes do happen in places where they are not seen by many.

“No one can ignore the fact that trails have been left on the roads you have walked and the world will change accordingly,” he added.

Miffy, who is now working with an art group, said she hopes Murakami’s reply will serve as an inspiration to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, which appears to have cooled down.

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