When Western Media Covers HK – Why Do Many Caucasians Support Chinese but Condemn Hong Kongers?

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I have been following this news about Hong Kong being most racist in the world, and so glad that the name of Hong Kong has been cleared after some tough work our friendly blogger did:

The western media does not seem to pay a lot of attention to HK except when HK is being condemned for being a racist country (please do not tell me calling Hong Kong a country isn’t PC). I have some rather difficult to digest thoughts to share:

  • Self-abased but self-important
    Chinese are ashamed of the history baggage they all share – being beaten at many wars by Japanese and Western countries. The low self-esteem amongst the Chinese is not spoken, they are not even aware of this problem. For example, when you asked them about WWII, all they focus on was Japan’s invasion and what a humiliation that was to China, but fail to discuss the war on a different level.
    They cannot face the deeply rooted problems Chinese all share, nor could they admit the problems and try to correct them (well detailed by Joe Chung’s book “I Don’t Want to be Chinese Again” – no English translation available yet. This book is banned, obviously, in China but have a lot of awakening facts and argument about Chinese people). The so called history baggage has been suppressing Chinese. However, given the recent decades of economic advancement, Chinese seem to have become extremely self-important because of the new wealth they have – just look at the luxury shops and see how they behave, as if “one can do anything he wants as long as he has money”. The extremely self-abased people are now loaded with money, a new tool for exploitation from an individual to a global level, they are not extremely self-important. “Extreme self-abased turns into extreme self-important” – a phrase Hong Kongers use on its own people
  • “Persecutory delusion”
    Chinese is tuned or trained to believe that they have been suffering from discrimination across the world and the western world, in particular, have mistreated Chinese for centuries. Every time there is any sort of incidents caused by their behaviour (for example, the formula powder shortage problem), Chinese would come out shouting they are being discriminated. This deeply rooted mindset cannot be changed. They enjoy being the powerless victims when things happen to them, because of the point below
  • White guilt
    Western world did start war in China, even colonised some Asian countries or imported Asian for cheap labours for decades. This somehow imposed a guilt amongst the Caucasians thinking they need to protect the “yellow skin fellows”
  • Who are Hong Kongers?
    Hong Kongers are seen by the Western world a more civialised country than China (because the British government had taught Hong Kongers a lot of universal values and simply because the world know that communist countries cannot work). Hence, Hong Kongers are being seen equals on the level of “social sophistication”. Unfortunately, because of the skin colour, Caucasians still can’t quite see Hong Kongers with yellow skin as their equals! Caucasians in general do think they are more superior than the coloured people – many deny and say this type of comment is racist. But I think people prefer to stick to those who are similar to themselves – in terms of appearance, believes, tradition, etc. We often generalise things, and judge people by their skin or they way they dress. Generalisation is built-in self-protection mechanism – we hang out with people look and behave similar to ourselves, so we know what to expect and what not to do, the most extreme is we stereotype others so that we will be extra carefully when we meet someone who looks and speaks differently than ourselves. Here’s a massive conflicts!
  • How should we treat Chinese?
    Because of the White Guilt, Caucasians want to save those “poor coloured people”. This fits perfectly when the Chinese love to promote their “victim” identity. Although they are not shy about their wealth, they have no problem emphasizing their imaginary victim identity which trigger the sympathy of kind-hearten people (may it be Caucasians or local Hong Kongers) – the people from Hong Kong (as said before, a more civilised country) must help educate the less educated and less civilised Chinese! Please remember, China’s economy is amongst the top three, the people who play this “victim” game aren’t those poor ones – they are the ones who can afford to travel around the world and buy expensive handbags, etc (a fantastic example here in recent news). However, the western world, perhaps being blinded by the White Guilt, yes, the Brits have taught the Hong Kongers a lot things (values, justice, honesty, etc), but back then the Brits have the absolute power, it was relatively easier for them. Now that China has Hong Kong’s sovereignty and has an upper hand over Hong Kong (the worst is many Hong Kongers believe that if it wasn’t for China, Hong Kong had died) Hong Kong, as a nation of 7 million people, is in no position to educate or transform China, a nation with 1.3 billion people.

**let me repeat one more time: the term “Chinese” in my blog when referring to human beings is “national Chinese” not “racial Chinese”**

Hong Kongers are NOT Chinese – Are you surprised?

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).