Explosion of Hongkongers’ Racism against MainlandersPosted: August 24, 2019
SCMP reflects quite obvious Hongkongers’ racism against mainlanders in its article “Hong Kong protests: young, educated mainland Chinese are questioning their place in the city” yesterday in the following passages:
Geng Chunya, president of the Hong Kong Association of Mainland Graduates and a permanent resident since 2001, is not about to leave but he has felt the hostility first hand.
“My 70-year-old father and I returned to Hong Kong after a day trip to Shenzhen in early July. Almost as soon as my father sat down in the MTR and began to speak in Mandarin, the man next to him shouted obscenities and told my father to get out of Hong Kong,” Geng said.
No wonder two mainlanders were beaten up by Hong Kong protesters at Hong Kong airport for no reasons other than that they were mainlanders as proved by the language they spoke.
Western media even politicians such as US President Donald Trump regard the chaos of violence in Hong Kong as China’s trouble and are telling China not to use troops to suppress protests.
However, Hong Kong is no longer a goose that lays gold eggs. It can satisfactorily be replaced by Shenzhen and Shanghai. The chaos in Hong Kong does not hurt Mainland economy but hurts Hong Kong itself. Why shall Mainland send troops to end the protests? I see no such reasons at all.
Therefore, I said in my post “Competition of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, HK Liberal Democracy” on August 19, since in his report to the 19th CCP Congress Xi Jinping “stressed that China now has road self-confidence, theory self-confidence, system self-confidence and culture self-confidence (four self-confidences) and put forth Chinese model as an alternative to Western democracy”, why shall Hong Kong not have Western democracy?
The competition between Shenzhen’s socialism with Chinese characteristics and Hong Kong’s Western democracy will prove which system is better.
However, I do not know whether Western democracy can overcome Hongkongers’ racial hostility against mainlanders. Racism remains quite serious in the United States, a model nation of Western democracy.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3023896/disillusioned-drifters-why-young-educated-chinese-wonder.