Hong Kong in Vortex: Present and Future

Series story 3:

1-Hong Kong in Vortex: Cantonese or Mandarin?

2-Hong Kong in Vortex: Identities and Motherland


 

Till now, I have been talking about all the way, from the resistance of the promotion of standard Mandarin where the localism identity recognition indicates a vortex of Hongkongers’ mother tongue and motherland, to iceberg below the surface. 

Dislocation will mislead Hong Kong’s future          

As for the incident, around 300 thousand of protesters signed the petition, requiring a deposition of Leung, Yau and other relevant council members’ seats. Hongkongers posted banners written ‘HK independence doesn’t speak for HK’, ‘You may not be a Chinese, but you mustn’t humiliate Chinese race’, etc. 

Feeling shameful and pitiful at the same time, my friends and I had a number of discussions; we have no idea where this vortex of dislocation will take Hong Kong in the future. The oath-taking incident has revealed an awkward reality of Hong Kong’s ‘democratic’: most of the students are too naive about politics; they resist a reality that HKSAR is under the direct jurisdiction of Beijing and the fact Hong Kong is a city of China; the lack of consensus for Chinese identity, and the knowledge about mainland’s social condition, is not only harmful to the national interest, the relations between people in HK and mainland, but more importantly, is killing the potential space of democracy both in Hong Kong and mainland; possibly, the future of Taiwan.

‘It’s inconvenient for me to comment on Hong Kong’s 2017 elections, because I, after all, am not Chinese. But the western media reports on Hong Kong was hypocritical. In the British 150 years’ colonial rule in Hong Kong, the British never allowed the election of Governor of Hong Kong; the United States had not protested Britain. Now China developed a political system much more democratic than the United Kingdom, but the United States had strongly protested the Chinese government.’
John Ross, former economic advisor to Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London

I believe it was Beijing who triggered the deterioration of Hong Kong’s political reform, but it should not be targeted as a killer. Figures also support this argument by and large and it might be an effective way to give the readers a space of thinking rather a result.

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‘Hong Kong has very extensive autonomy – far greater than we believed actually could be achieved when the Hong Kong joint declaration with China was negotiated. They have had far better conditions – including political conditions – than any other city in China. But the bottom line is they are a city in China.’
Lord Powell, Baroness Thatcher’s former private secretary

 

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 Overall social indicators of Hong Kong from 1997-2018

What Beijing should realise, is the importance to show more respect for Hong Kong’s democratic achievement, stop behaving defensively hostile and pushing any protesters to the opposite side. The selective ignorance, provocative overreact, or lagging attitude of public opinion is not necessary and shall not exist towards Hong Kong’s legal democratic appealing. This is 2018, lessons from the year of 1989 and 2008 have been taken, hope the result would show sooner.

Hong Kong is experiencing a bleak time in its history, but the killer of it shall be considered prudently. The vortex of ‘mother tongue’ and ‘motherland’ may be whirling away its future with ‘self-determination’. Any democratic appealing regardless the reality is hypocrisy. Is there a tendency in Hong Kong society to resist anything comes from the mainland?  Is it the incomplete implementation of Hong Kong’s ‘self-determination’ resulting in the social injustice? Does it benefit the Hong Kong society if the social movement only focuses on ‘self-determination’ and pull the trigger to Beijing rather than other social reform of HKSAR in the long run? How will Hongkongers assure the general election won’t become the battleground of Big Caps or the ignorant councillors like Leung?

‘One country, two systems’, both mainland and Hong Kong should respect the two as they are interdepending preconditions. The wiser side would channel it out rather than set a heavier fire.

However, it seems we are experiencing a negative reality: Taiwan is setting a bad example of democracy for Hong Kong, while Hong Kong is making a wrong way of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy for Taiwan; together with, they are releasing a ‘dangerous’ signal to Beijing, making it a vicious circle of power’s centralization. On the other hand, the full-blown democracy will not happen in mainland China in decades because it won’t work before both people and the government are ready. LOL.

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