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it is said that “History (with capital “H") is about the grand, not the mundane”. from slavery to feudalism, from monarchy to representative democracy, the mainstream historical narrative records only grand events of the significant figures. the so called “the rise and fall of dynasties" are concern only the kings and generals, whereas ordinary civilians remain faceless and irrelevant.
on the one hand, mainstream History maintains the established rules and rationalizes the status quo. on the other hand, circumstances of the powerless and experiences alternative to the mainstream have no place in History. yet these alternative experiences, considered unimportant by the mainstream,often embody traces of oppression and exploitation by the powerful on a nobody. when these stories are purposefully ignored or silenced, we cannot recognize our actual circumstance and social position. thus, we lack the means to change even if we want to, as we cannot recognize the actual causes of problems nor the target of resistance.
shall we perhaps give up the singular, grand Historical narrative, but listen again to the (hi)stories of ourselves and other powerless people? shall we pay attention to the alternative experiences ignored by mainstream History, ponder on how these experiences are intricately related to the social system, and try to share such experiences? this way, perhaps we could transform experience into power and find ways to connect with other powerless people, and imagine an authentically egalitarian world.
this clue includes:
exodus of nowhere – episode 1: the river is wide、exodus of nowhere – episode 2: gamble、exodus of nowhere – episode 3 rondo for the dis/placed、ditching the fear、the thing next door、raging land: a record of choi yuen village & breaking new ground through thorns and thistles、raging land: three valleys、the globalization tapes