The amateur singer from Richmond performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend to send messages of freedom

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Richmondite Carmen Lam said they weren’t just singing for fun. They sing for freedom and democracy.

This Saturday will be a big day for Richmondite Carmen Lam as she joins dozens of amateur singers to perform outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Lam told the Richmond News that she has been preparing this “flagship” moment for more than a year.

However, Lam stressed that they weren’t just singing for fun.

“We sing for freedom and democracy” – two words Lam said make her very emotional.

“We hope to use the music to help people understand the decline of democracy in Hong Kong since the Chinese government imposed the National Security Law.”

Lam is a member of Dawn of Freedom Will, a popular music group made up of Cantonese-speaking singers who are pro-democracy fighters.

The songs they plan to perform on Saturday are mostly old-time Hong Kong goodies, such as lion rock, Beyondand Glory to Hong Kong.

“We believe in the power of music to connect like-minded people,” Lam said.

In less than two years, the national security law has transformed the once glorious Asian financial hub into another sad city under Chinese rule, forcing tens of thousands of Hong Kongers to flee their hometown forever, according to Ken Tung, l organizer of the event.

“Tens of thousands of people have now left Hong Kong and moved to other democratic countries, many of whom have made Canada their home,” Tung said.

Tragic events in the past have left many local Hong Kongers with a hometown they can never return to, Lam added.

“Many of us fear that if we post something the Chinese government considers ‘fake’ on our social media channels, we will be imprisoned if we visit our hometown. It’s quite sad and depressing,” Lam said.

But as depressing as it may sound, those who fled are the lucky ones, she added.

“People who can come to Canada are lucky because many have to stay.

The show is scheduled for May 28 at 2 p.m., and Lam is encouraging people to drop by the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday.

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