Anti-mainland China sentiments

Anti-mainland China sentiments

Latest news, features and opinion on anti-China mainland sentiments in Hong Kong, cross-border tensions, localism and Hongkongers' sense of cultural identity.

Hongkongers look for a way out after Beijing announces security law
Hong Kong’s residents emigrated in large numbers before the former British colony’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. They are hitting the inquiry lines again after the Chinese government announced plans for a national security law that some fear will be used to stifle dissent. Immigration consultants said they have fielded hundreds of new calls after details of the law, which will target a range of activities deemed to threaten national security, including subversion and secession, were first announced on May 21. “The day after that proposal, we received over a hundred calls,” said Andrew Lo, chief executive at Anlex, a Hong Kong-based immigration consultancy firm. “People are restles
China’s Greater Bay Area plan fails to win over young Hongkongers, says survey
In the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, a hiring plan has been submitted aiming to win the hearts and minds of young people in Hong Kong. But a new survey suggests that's a tough mission.  Gordon Lam, a Hong Kong member of the Guangdong Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, submitted a proposal to the advisory body calling on the provincial government to set up an employment support agency for Hong Kong students. He also said a government liaison body should “provide them with financial subsidies and referral information” so the students can “help service the development of the Greater Bay Area.”  The Greater Bay Area plan is a grand vision by Beijing to turn nine Pearl
Why I can no longer be both Hongkongese and Chinese
Three years ago, I met a girl at a nightclub in Coventry, England, where many ethnic Chinese students – from mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and elsewhere – often gather. We arranged to meet up the next day for a formal date.  The vibes were good at the start. Arrived on time. Greetings. Drinks and snacks. And then, at some point, I innocently uttered the phrase: “Because we from Hong Kong…”  My date, from mainland China, swiftly interrupted me. She raised her voice and eyebrows, signaling how angry she was. She rapped the table with her fingers and snapped: “Stop saying you are from Hong Kong. You are Chinese and from China.” She became sensitive and cranky. We both t
The bizarre disappearances that “strike fear” in Hongkongers
It was a story that stunned Hong Kong. Last August, a little-known democracy campaigner in Hong Kong, Howard Lam, told a hastily arranged press conference that Chinese agents had grabbed him the day before and tortured him overnight.  With cameras rolling, Lam settled his tired frame into an office chair and pulled up his shorts, revealing more than a dozen metal staples that he said the agents had driven into his thighs.  They did it to send a threat, he said. The images and his shocking account rippled across the semi-autonomous former British colony, where many fear that their freedoms are fast eroding 20 years after it returned to Chinese rule. In Hong Kong, many outraged supporters of