Holmes Chan | Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong singer Anthony Wong – whose songs had been partly censored in mainland China – has written a new song to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Wong performed the song, titled Memory is a Crime, at an annual dinner hosted by the Hong Kong Journalists Association last week.

“Society really needs journalists to report the truth and preserve our memory, because many people want to erase our memory,” he said. “Perhaps, in the future, it will be a crime to remember.”

At an earlier forum, Wong said that the 1989 crackdown was not just a part of China’s history, but was also connected to Hong Kong. He urged the public to resist the urge to forget, because Hongkongers were used to giving up their voice and memory too easily.

“In Hong Kong, we can still perform songs to commemorate June 4, still say how bad the times are. That is what makes our work different from that of the mainland and Taiwan,” Wong said.

Tat Ming Pair was an avant-garde Cantopop duo formed in 1986 and was known for songs that did not shy away from the politics of the day. Two of their songs released in 1990 were direct responses to the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and their past lyrics have included references to ex-Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and dissident Wuer Kaixi.

The band was still able to perform in the mainland as recently as 2013. In 2017, the group had difficulties in finding sponsors for their Hong Kong concert.

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