Hong Kong Halloween and the NBA

Gerald Reyes

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     October 31 marks the spookiest day of the year for many of us across the nation and it also is the spookiest day of the year for people in hong kong but for the wrong reasons. In Hong Kong, Halloween has mostly been a day of celebration or a day to party and dress up. Halloween isn’t traditionally part of Hong Kong’s history but the people there have adopted the culture of it. There are theme parks like Ocean Park and Disneyland, Hong Kong, that have shows and parties that are only exclusively thrown on the 31st. Lan Kwai Fong, also known as the party district of Hong Kong, has several bars and festivals for adult entertainment. However, this year has not been the best year for Hong Kong as there have been protests going on for more than 200 days so far. These protests caused the Lan Kwai Fong district to be shut down and caused the profits of that district to lose around 70% of its estimated earnings. 

     China is a tremendous factor in all of this and has tried to silence people who have tried to support the people of Hong Kong. Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets general manager, made a tweet showing support for those in Hong Kong. Because the NBA relies on China for some of its revenue (an estimated 10%) the tweet was removed and deleted. After the tweet was deleted the NBA’s partners in China asked to terminate Darl Morey or to discipline him. The commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, said, ”…there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”  Lebron James commented on this and when being questioned by a reporter he said that the tweet was “uneducated” and “misinformed” about China. Fans of the NBA have shown their support by holding up signs of support during games and other symbols that show their support. Some of these supporters were removed from their games for having erratic behavior. The protests in Hong Kong are still continuing and there have been a reported 2,000 injuries and 10 deaths.

 

The tweet wrote by Daryl Morey supporting the protestors of Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

                                         Sources:

https://www.tripsavvy.com/halloween-in-hong-kong-1535696

https://www.tripsavvy.com/halloween-in-hong-kong-1535696

https://www.nba.com/article/2019/10/08/adam-silver-statement-china-nba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjM43blzaRc

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/us-sport/national-basketball-association/nba-china-hong-kong-philadelphia-sixers-76-ers-daryl-morey-houston-rockets-a9148721.html#targetText=An%20NBA%20fan%20was%20ejected,government%20protesters%20in%20Hong%20Kong.