Until today 2003 was to be remembered as the year where we lost one of the most groundbreaking artists in the Hong Kong's Entertainment Industry, along with a few hundred normal everyday people to a strange, unknown disease called SARS.
Starting today, we will remember it as the year where we lost both of our most beloved stars, along with the possible beginning of the second outbreak. On the news four minutes ago said that the suspected case is now confirmed. China has a new case of SARs.
Today this city is mourning, again.
I wrote an article called, "Hong Kong April 1st 2003: Goodbye Air, Innocence and Leslie." In response to the rumours of our borders closing, the Iraqi-American War, evacuations to isolation camps and the suicide of Leslie Cheung all within 12 hours of each other.
"I cannot even begin to say who Leslie is to those who don't know. I tried one night. I tried and tried and still fell short. It was incomprehensible to someone who didn't grow up in the Chinese World. Leslie, there was only one. And that's that.
I guess, if he didn't exist in your mind, like the days when air was safe. Then you will never know it. "
And there is only one Anita
Even if the two ruled our hearts for 20 years as "Gorgor" (Big Brother) "Mui Gei" (Little-Big Sister) neither of them ever got their due internationally.
Which was the reason I embarked on Goodbye Leslie in the first place. Just so there was a place for the world to see how loved he was, in the English language and also using what happened that week as a starting point to capture the hysteria, horror and fear of what living under SARS was like.
And today, just like in April, we are living to newsbites of SARS and the death of Hong Kong’s most beloved.
It’s a sad day. It’s been a sad year.
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