Imagine Hong Kong: 8 Reasons it’s an (Almost) Perfect Utopia

We took a lot of road trips when I was little. Long, multi-day drives across the big states of the American West. And what was the soundtrack to those roads trips? Here are just a few of the singer-songwriter ballads that are permanently burned into my mind:

  • “Sailing” by Christopher Cross
  • “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor
  • “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot
  • “Imagine” by John Lennon

What does this have to do with Hong Kong? 

From the dredges of my childhood mind, I’ve been inspired to compose a list of Eight Reasons Hong Kong might just be John Lennon’s Imagined Utopia. Check it out over on Expats Blog and leave an amusing comment there.

After you’ve commented over there, please come back and share the music that your parents couldn’t stop listening to.

This man looks like he's like to "Imagine" he's not at Hong Kong Disneyland, but in front of a Tsing Tao anywhere else in the world

This man looks like he’s like to “Imagine” he’s not at Hong Kong Disneyland, but in front of a Tsing Tao anywhere else in the world

6 responses to “Imagine Hong Kong: 8 Reasons it’s an (Almost) Perfect Utopia

  1. My siblings and I used to hold hands during our annual flight from Madrid to New York and sing Neil Diamond’s lyrics, “We’re coming to America! TODAY!”

    A few years ago, my best friend interviewed him and he told the Die about us which almost made me die. Don’t cross the streams!!!

    • You’re killing me with your Neil Diamond and Ghostbusters references! I once took a road trip all the way across America and back with just my grandparents. The only cassette in the car was Neil Diamond’s “The Jazz Singer.” I’ve ever since had a special place in my heart for “Forever in Blue Jeans (babe)” (and “We’re Coming to America!”).

  2. Very interesting post. I never thought of superimposing Lennon’s utopian vision on to Hong Kong society could ever be done 🙂 “Imagine” is one of those rare songs which not only timelessly melodic but one can have an epiphany moment if one listens to it long enough. I didn’t quite understand why it advocates an atheistic society when I first heard it growing up but now I think I do.

    My parents’ generation musical taste predates Chris Cross, James Taylor, Lightfoot and even the Beatles. They were more into the Platters (Great Pretender), Pat Boone (Moody River), Neil Sedaka (Oh Carol) and anything Sinatra.

    • At some point three months ago, lines from “Imagine” floated through my head when I was thinking about all of the gun tragedies in America and it occurred to me that in some very important ways Hong Kong is an almost perfect place. (excepting the air pollution, widening gap between rich and poor, and slow erosion of some freedoms…)

      Re music: I can listen to a lot of Sinatra, but imagine that “Great Pretender” can have the same annoying habit of getting lodged in one’s mind like Cross’s “Sailing.”

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