Archive for the ‘April 2011-Hong Kong Identities’ Category
Hong Kong is a city with a rich history and multiple identities. In this issue of Varsity we take a look at some of these identities and how they have evolved and are evolving over time. Learning Chinese Identity – How is the dominant one-sided national education in Hong Kong affecting students’ sense of Chinese […]
The streets of Hong Kong were once seen as paved with gold for new migrants from the mainland. But today’s new arrivals are as likely to be coming here for family reasons as to make a better living. Once, mainland immigrants used to try hard to become Hongkongers by learning Cantonese, imitating locals’ behavior. Now, they stress they are Chinese.
Many of Hong Kong’s South Asian residents were born and raised here. They have adopted very local styles of living and are unfamiliar with their ancestral countries. But the definition of what constitutes a local held by most Hong Kong Chinese means they remain outsiders.
What is national education? Is it teaching students how to salute and raise flags? Should it be producing proud Chinese nationals or critical citizens? Scholars, media representatives and students are concerned that the government’s unequal funding may lead to the the dominance of pro-China, one-sided national education in Hong Kong.