A group of local Hong Kong people have come out covering their faces with bandanas, targetting anyone who’s a mainlander. First, they target people smuggling things in giant travel cases. Then there’s this video…
After showing she wasn’t a smuggler, some people still shouted at her that she was. So yay for this lady, she proved how idiotic these guys are. However, her accent gave her away. She clearly isn’t from Hong Kong. She didn’t help when she said that her child goes to Hong Kong to study.
That let off the other issue, where mainland mothers are birthing anchorbabies in Hong Kong, so that they can have their kids study in Hong Kong schools, crowding up spots for Hong Kong kids. You didn’t help yourself with this crowd, lady.
Does she obtain the moral highground though? I mean, she’s not doing anything that’s technically illegal, she’s just looking out for what’s best for her kid. Although, I suppose local Hong Kong mothers and their kids be damned, this is a matter of the Hong Kong government’s immigration and education policies! She’s just here to take advantage of it like anyone else would, if they could.
So no, she doesn’t quite gain the moral high ground there. But these Hong Kong people who surrounded her definately don’t earn anyone’s respect either. Hong Kong used to differentiate itself from Mainland Chinese by saying how much more “cultured” they were, and how they abide by the rule of law, without resorting to force to get their own way. This action runs counter to that.
Instead of channeling their energy towards their own government to respond to these desperate issues, they’ve lost all hope. During the protests last September, cops were a clear symbol of the Hong Kong government, and pepper-spraying and beating crowds simply became part of a larger symbol that their own government was completely against them.
Hong Kong people want democracy, so what’s at issue with the system at hand? Everyone thinks that voting for their executive chief is what democracy is. That’s very much one-sided. Democracy in the traditional Greek sense, is that everyone participated in government, and it was their civic duty. Compulsory service in the government to represent their constituents. No one seems to be clamoring for this, but I believe it might solve the youth unemployment issue. The next issue, is the Hong Kong government’s opaqueness in handling issues. This stems from the fact, that rather than having a purely representative body based on location and population, they have commissions from different trades and organizations that have a say in the government. In otherwords, it’s institutionalized lobbying by major corporations and interests groups.
If Hong Kong people want their government to change, harrassing Mainland Chinese is useless. They have to find ways to change the issues with their government. Once they can do that, they can change who will represent them at the national level in BeiJing, and once they can do that, they will have solved their own issues. Afterall, one of the slogans during the September protests were “自己香港自己救” (My Hong Kong, I’ll save myself!)
This was a slogan born from the fact that the British first gave up on Hong Kong, and willingly handed them back to a dictatorship government, then they were screwed over by their compatriots from Mainland China, and the “Republic of China” although still lays claims to Mongolia and South China islands, has been silent on trying to assert sovereignty over another “free” part of China. Hong Kong people were determined to saved them selves.
Mainland Chinese may not buy into Hong Kong exceptionalism, but Hong Kong people shouldn’t forget what makes them unique from the rest of China.
UPDATE: March 20, 2015
OK, turns out the mother is some sort of media-hog, trying to go out and make her point about the protestors, putting her child through unnecessary grief. What the fuck mother would do that?
Regardless, the actions of the protestors don’t help at all.