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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Growing Peace?

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Smartphone in hand, PETER checks a What'sApp message.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, what a kind feedback on my blogposts from friends.

  6. Reading.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): ...go for a scholarship in the Bay Area so that we meet for dinner once a week?

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): A scholarship for an elderly? I had better be self-reliant.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I've great negative gains in my investment recently.

  12. Recalling.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've Bay Area T-shirts, but none from either Ukraine or Russia.

  14. Act 2


  16. INT. BEDROOM - DAY (Days ago)

  17. Opening a wardrobe, Peter sees a sea of brand new T-shirts.

  18. PETER (V.O.): Whenever I travel overseas, I'd buy T-shirts.

  19. Checking them one by one, Peter re-organises them.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They aren't just clothing items. Each one has a story associated with it.


  22. INT. HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL - DAY (Nov 23, 2003)

  23. Lecture theatre. Peter (49) is among a few dozen of mature STUDENTS. A LECTURER is speaking.

  24. PETER (V.O.): Today is Thanksgiving Day. But he'd come back to say a hello to us...

  25. LECTURER:...while you're here, do what tourists do - been there, done that, got a T-shirt.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a drawer full of Harvard stuff.

  28. Peter then takes out a light-blue T-shirt full of wrinkles.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought this one in the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

  30. Recalling.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife and I visited the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome in Jan 2018. We had deep emotions about the dark side of humanity.

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I had the urge to visit Nagasaki to see the last atomic bomb site.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although my wife couldn't company me and there weren't direct flights between Hong Kong and Nagasaki, I still made the trip months later.

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having visited Ground Zero in Nagasaki, I reflected deeply on war, death and end.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The bombs weren't only dropped on the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; they were dropped on the whole humanity.

  40. Pausing.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Humanity has wronged twice, unforgivably.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's absolutely unfair and unjust for civilians to suffer and die for those in authority, competing for power and dominance over others.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That was in 1945. Has humankind learned anything from history?

  46. The TV is breaking news. We hear: Russia's nuclear alert is a response to UK's aggressive remarks.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In 2022, it's still a dog-eat-dog world.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The survival of humans and their entities depends on their comparative advantage.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): So the quests for dominance and conflicts never ends.

  52. Act 3


  54. We hear on TV:... talks are underway in Belarus.

  55. PETER (V.O.): There were talks prior to the armed conflict. Can there be mutual understanding now?

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Dwindling their circles of conflicts aside, political entities should enlarge their circles of peace.

  58. Thinking.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Peace requires all in one circle - to be inclusive, compassionate and harmonious.

  60. Wondering.

  61. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But getting peace is hard. Keeping peace is even harder. Growing peace?

  62. Sighing, Peter captures an image of the wrinkled T-shirt.

  63. FADE OUT

  64. THE END

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