Saw this link today, could be an interesting read to some: Hong Kongers are different from Chinese.
Many Hong Kongers (including myself) find it offensive when people ask if we are Chinese – the term Chinese in English language covers both ethnic and national meaning. However, in Chinese language 中國人 (direct translation: China-man, meaning Chinese national) refers to the ethnic Chinese who are in the PRC China; 華人 (direct translation: Hua-people, meaning ethnic Chinese, but they do not necessarily share the habits, life-style believes, history or behaviors of ethnic and national Chinese – e.g. British born Chinese).
This is an extremely complicated topic – including history of various countries, perceptions across the world, etc. I am no expert in anthropology (though I wish I was), sometimes I find it extremely difficult to explain to people. I hope I can write more about this in the near future.
I am struggling to find an example or a direct comparison… As I said before Hong Kong’s history is unique and fairly complicated. The closest example I could think of is: you say to someone from Gibraltar that he/she is Spanish; or go to Singapore and say “Singaporeans are Malay (or Chinese)”. They will be offended.
Please watch this clip, fast forward to 12’01 to hear the journalist’s question, and listen to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s answer.
Some said that Hong Kongers should not discriminate (PRC) Chinese – some condemn Hong Kongers’ “anti locusts ad” was a form of discrimination or racist act.
Please correct me if I’m wrong:
Discrimination according to Oxford Dictionary is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex“. Racist is “having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another”.
The anti locusts ad was merely stating the fact that Hong Kongers can no longer tolerate the China invasion/colonisation (want to write more about this but not in this post). Raising the awareness of fellow Hong Kongers about what consequences we are facing at the moment and what more to come if we continue to turn our back to the loophole in the Basic Law. Hong Kongers are demanding an amendment of the Basic Law – I prefer this notion to an “interpretation” by the PRC Government, which a direct interference of Hong Kong’s independent legal system, violating the 1-Country-2-System policy.
Government around the world amend their laws to suit the ever changing circumstances and environments. Why is the Hong Kong government so reluctant to amend the Basic Law?
I could only draw to one conclusion – The Hong Kong Government received direct order from the PRC government that the precedent of amending Basic Law must not be established (re-ensuring the absolute power PRC has over Hong Kong).