“Door” is an excerpt from a trilogy of novels set in Hong Kong. The novels span the 50 years between the regime change between Britain and China in 1997 and when Hong Kong becomes fully integrated into the Chinese Communist Party’s totalitarian state. This story is set in today’s Hong Kong Resistance which started in June 2019 and continues to the present.”
"The next morning, I called someone to fix the door. An old sifu, with two young men arrived.
“I’ve been fixing a lot of doors,” the man said, with resignation in his voice. “There are so many doors being broken these days.”
I nodded at him, understanding his coded message. He knew.
After putting in the new door, I asked him how much. He pushed my wallet towards me. “Ng sai bei chin,” he said.
I insisted, at least let me pay for the door, even if he didn’t let me pay for his services. He said again, “No need to pay.” I took out some cash, and tried to tip the young men who helped him.
They both shook their heads. As they started to leave, one of the young men looked around as if wary someone might hear. When he saw no one, he spoke to me.
“Gwon fok Heung Kong,” he said. “Liberate Hong Kong.”"