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Money definitely talks in Hong Kong. Since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 things have changed gradually, but the changes are dramatic.
I still think of Hong Kong as a country and when I fill in forms on the internet Hong Kong is still (99% of the time) listed separately as a country. Although we are all Chinese, our cultures and beliefs are incompatible. Hong Kong was a democratic society, and still is, whereas Mainland China a communist country. We live under a one-country-two-systems policy and though government is leaning towards big brother China, we still enjoy freedom of speech (most of the time).
Despite our differences with the Mainland people, we accepted them. We may have rejected them at the start, but as time passed, we slowly accepted them into our lives.
However, I have the view that our acceptance of them is the equivalent to the acceptance of a cock up our anus in a prison cell – we simply could not resist.
With the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 (right after the handover) and the subsequent crash of property prices, Hong Kong was left devastated. It took a long time to get out of recession but starting from 2000 the solution became apparent – China. Jobs started shifting across the border, more work required travel to the Mainland. Soon, the biggest listed companies traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange where Mainland companies.
When the “grandfathers” of China decided to relax travel restrictions for the Mainland citizens, they flocked to Hong Kong. Hong Kong was a shopping paradise and offered goods without the VAT. Mainlanders flooded the streets of Hong Kong that were all ready crowded. More and more Mainlanders came but we happily greeted them with open arms. It was an addiction; we could not resist the money they were pouring in.
We finally got out of the economic slump and we grew stronger financially along with the astonishing growth of our “brothers” in the Mainland.
We also forgot about our home, our beliefs and our way of living.
One would quickly point out that Hong Kong’s reliance on Mainland China was inevitable and I would agree. However, it was accelerated due to Hong Kong being weakened by the Asian Financial Crisis and then later suffering from SARS in 2003.
We quickly accepted changes to our society and way of life without much consideration. We did not have a choice. We became reliant.
Our overcrowded streets have now become more overcrowded. Pollution has worsened. Sooner or later, our economy that has become so dependent on the Mainland will collapse when foreign businesses engage directly with Shanghai and not through Hong Kong. Our city has become so dependent we still have not taken the time and effort to nourish new industries to compete with other Mainland cities.
I am saddened yet I would normally choose to be silent. I am motivated to write such a long article due to one simple fact – our Chinese comrades shit on us.
Since being flooded by Mainlanders, we have only been generous and accepting towards our comrades. We have learned to speak fluently in Mandarin. No sales person will have problems communicating with our fellow comrades; in fact, the sound of Mandarin is the most attractive to them.
Our comrades; however, choose to ignore our way of life and barge in our society as if they are king and we the servants. They do not show any consideration to us and our way of life. They talk loudly everywhere, behave wildly without discipline and disregard politeness.
I am well aware that they were brought up significantly different from us and that their moral standards and culture is separate from ours. However any social integration is a failure if only one side accepts and adopts.
It has been many years, yet I still see Mainlanders’ public behavior and attitude stay the same. They do not understand that it is polite to stand on the right side of the escalator to allow others to pass and that it is impolite to cut in front of a line. I know that not all Mainlanders are ill-mannered and cause noise/sound/smell pollution. But it is apparent that there has not been any understanding of wrongdoing and the need to change.
In the end, I know that it is the fault of Hong Kong people. Their fault is staying silent.
This is the result of our silence:
Mainlanders now shit and urinate anywhere in Hong Kong they want without fear of punishment.
You may think this is one isolated case. I assure you it is not. I have personally seen a mom carry his son to pee without shame in the subway. There has been a story of a woman instructing his son to pee in the store of a luxury brand and, most disgustingly, threaten the staff who tried to stop her son with the money she will spend on the three luxury items she selected.
The woman could have used a napkin or anything to clean up the mess. She could have found a less public area. She chose to let her son shit in front of an electronics store where a lot of people pass by and leave the shit for all to step on.
These people need to be punished. If they are not educated we need to educate them. We need to speak up and stop letting Mainlanders shit on us.
Source: Apple Daily