Hing Wa Lee gazed out across the darkness at the tepid waters of China’s Shenzhen Bay. The frigid air was a looming reminder of the shivering waters he would have to face if he was going to make it to the other side. As he looked out across the motionless sea, his eyes adjusting to the darkness, what he failed to glimpse, but knew in his heart and mind to exist, was freedom.
The 5-mile distance that physically separated him from one shore to the next might have seemed trivial to anyone else. To him, he knew what it meant. On the other side, Hong Kong’s shimmering shorelines gave the allure of a life filled with opportunity rather than littered with oppression and fear. But getting there could have spelled the beginning of the end for the young teenaged boy (continue reading ...)