Posts Tagged ‘HK identity’

The Return of the Non-natives

The Return of the Non-natives

With an ageing population, Hong Kong faces a shrinking workforce. The government’s latest initiative to boost the workforce and expand the pool of talent is to appeal to the children of Hongkongers who have emigrated overseas. But does the city have what it takes to attract these second generation overseas Hongkongers, or would they prefer competitor cities like Singapore?

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Hong Kong’s ‘Drifting’ Mainlanders

Hong Kong’s ‘Drifting’ Mainlanders

In recent years, the term ‘gang piao’, literally ‘Hong Kong drifters’ has been used to describe the educated young mainlanders who study and then work in Hong Kong. The gang piao identify with and have taken to Hong Kong’s culture, language and values to varying degrees. Some mix only with other gang piao and speak Putonghua, while others have learnt Cantonese and find themselves changed by their Hong Kong experience. Varsity hears some of their stories.

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March 2013 – Hong Kong’s Coming Culture War

March 2013 – Hong Kong’s Coming Culture War

As our society becomes more fractious and divided we ask whether the culture war has arrived in Hong Kong. In the United States, the term “culture war” is commonly used to refer to the ideological chasm between liberals and conservatives over a range of moral, cultural and political issues. In this issue of Periscope, we […]

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Getting a Hong Kong Passport, Becoming a Chinese National

Getting a Hong Kong Passport, Becoming a Chinese National

When is a local not a local? When the nationality law says they are not Chinese nationals because they are not of Chinese ethnicity. Members of Hong Kong’s ethnic minority communities who born and raised here have to apply to become Chinese nationals before they can apply for S.A.R. passports and they say the current system lacks transparency and accountability.

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Defending Cantonese

Defending Cantonese

Hong Kongers take inspiration from pro-Cantonese movement in Guangdong and stand up to defend their mother tongue from encroachment from Putonghua.

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A Wordy Debate

A Wordy Debate

An official signboard in the New Territories written in simplified Chinese sparked a backlash against the writing system. Purists fear simplified characters will replace traditional characters in Hong Kong.

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April 2011-Hong Kong Identities in Flux

April 2011-Hong Kong Identities in Flux

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 […]

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Hong Kong Losing its Sheen for Mainlanders

Hong Kong Losing its Sheen for Mainlanders

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.

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Locals Who Are Not Considered Local: Hong Kong’s South Asians

Locals Who Are Not Considered Local: Hong Kong’s South Asians

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.

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An Englishman in South Lantau

An Englishman in South Lantau

British engineer Andrew Brown made history as Hong Kong’s first expatriate village representative under the dual-heads electoral system. He’s won three elections since 2003 and has revitalised San Shek Wan village. But Brown faces an obstacle, the indigenous head, Mo. How does he fight against the “feudalism” of traditional New Territories villages?

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