As Sir Ferguson led the Manchester United football team the very last time at Old Trafford Stadium, a couple of Hong Kong supporters flew all the way to show their gratitude to their hero, a legendary manager.
I’d imagine that if an Irish man was in the same situation, he would signed off as “from Ireland”, and Scottish fellow would very likely to sign it off as “from Scotland”.
However, after this photo was published online, “complaints” started flooding to the forums, condemning this Man. U. fan for not writing “Hong Kong, China” in his handmade signage.
Hong Kong netizens, of course, immediately felt the comments made by Chinese (from China) offensive – after all, during the time when the Brits ruled Hong Kong, and their appearance (DNA, blood, whatever) is very different from Hong Kongers, they have never demanded Hong Kongers to call themselves British Hong Konger, nor would they required us to say we are from “Hong Kong, British Colony”.
A little fact to show Hong Kong is separated from China: when someone wants to dial a Hong Kong number from elsewhere in the world, the country code is +852 as oppose to China’s +86.
This is not the first time Chinese from China are upset about Hong Kongers refusing to say they are from China or refused to call themselves Chinese. Badcanto, a friendly blogger, wrote a lot about this kind of “conflicts”.
For some reason, Chinese always say Hong Kongers are Chinese when they need help from Hong Kongers (e.g. after the Sichuan earthquakes, which HK government donated billions of dollars in different occasions despite the majority of the public is against the donation as people of Hong Kong cannot trust any funding could reach the victims but the corrupt officials, they would use the “excuse” of “blood is thicker than water” – isn’t this used to described real blood relatives? Since when this applies to a nationality, which is something that everyone can choose?).
However, when Hong Kong people tell Chinese off for their uncivilised behaviours (e.g. answering nature’s call in the public, not queuing, being rude, spitting, littering, smuggling formula powder, etc) or say that CCP is evil, Chinese would go crazy and tell Hong Kongers to leave Hong Kong as Hong Kong is China’s land and Hong Kongers should not continue to live in Hong Kong (our home!) if we do not like China!
One of the “argument” when they come across Hong Kongers saying they’re not Chinese or Hong Kongers pointing out that Chinese are rude/impolite/not civilised (many incidents we witness day in day out), they would simply reply “with black hair and yellow skin, you are Chinese too! So you don’t have the right to tell your ‘fellow Chinese’ off.”
Not everyone with black hair and yellow skin is not Chinese – last time I check Japanese and Korean are with black hair and yellow(-ish) skin (as opposed to Caucasians) too! Some extremist in China would say “of course Japanese and Korean are Chinese! Their ancestors went to Japan and Korea back in the old days.” Isn’t this hilarious? I have yet to meet any English who would say Americans and Australians are all English. At the same time, many American who were originally from other countries would not call themselves Italian, English, African or anything if their families have been there for long enough.
By the way, Tibetans don’t look like Chinese based on the skin and hair colour standard, but why is Tibet part of China? This can go on! I came across this article, which explains a bit of how this kind of mind set is formed.
Chip Tsao, a famous columnist and radio talk-show host, once said that Chinese as well as the government in China are experts at “moving the goal posts” – that means the rule are set by them but they can move it around whichever way they want to ensure that they would always win the game. I can’t agree more on this front – Chinese and especially the officials are indeed experts in bending the rules the way that favour them!
Saw the below example recently, and reminded me about Mr. Tsao’s comment above:
At a Foreign Ministry’s press conference, a journalist asked the ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying why China has to implement the “online real name system”.
Hua said, “everyone needs to be responsible for what they say. Some people use the internet to spread rumours, so the ‘real name system’ must be implemented.”
Journalist followed up, “Is every one responsible for their behaviours then? If so, why hasn’t anyone taken the responsibility of the Jerry-built buildings in Sichuan which killed a lot of children?”
Hua replied, “this is a different matter!”