Posts Tagged ‘Hong Kong Identity’
The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.
Today’s common perception of localism looks very different to the post-handover movement that emerged to preserve Hong Kong’s heritage and culture and sought to strengthen the idea of a local identity. Varsity talks to some of the core members of that movement and asks them how they think localism has changed.
Hongkongers are more and more interested in their own history, as we can see in the popularity of local history tours. We look at how the framing of history directly affects how Hongkongers see themselves today.
People in Hong Kong use “Kongish,” a new kind of Hong Kong-style English, and there’s even a Facebook page celebrating this unique way of communicating. Some say that it’s not just a kind of short hand; it’s a way for Hongkongers to express their identity.
After Jasmine Choi Yan-yan was arrested during the Occupy protests last year, she was denied access to mainland China. The outcome of the protests left some young people feeling powerless, radicalized others, and made yet others think of different ways of bringing about the social changes they want.
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?
Tensions between Hong Kongers and mainlanders continue to grab the headlines, one of the more recent flashpoints being the shortage of infant formula and the restriction of the amount of milk powder visitors can take out of the city. But there is another simmering conflict. Hong Kongers themselves are increasingly polarised between those, such as the Hong Kong Autonomy Movement who identify with an emerging local consciousness, and nationalists who put their Chinese identity first.