NB: I am from Hong Kong, but I’ll try to be as objective as possible. I normally don’t like labeling Chinese people as from the “mainland” or “Hong Kong”, but for the purpose of this post I have done so in order to distinguish the two parties.
While on a political level, mainland Chinese and Hong Kong relations are straightforward (one country, two policies system), recent events have caused the two parties to gnaw relentlessly at each other. For those unfamiliar with the ongoing controversy, it all reignited this year with the D&G episode in Hong Kong. The DL: A Hong Kong resident tried to take a picture outside the store but was stopped by an employee, claiming it was not allowed. However, foreign and mainland Chinese tourists were exempt from this. Reports indicate that a mainland Chinese official in the store did not want to be seen shopping for luxury goods. Infuriated by the outright discrimination, within days tens of thousands of residents protested in front of the shop, causing it to close early.
While seemingly trivial, this kind of behavior is not unheard of in Hong Kong. Seriously, we’re a bunch of drama queens. HKers are known to protest against just about anything. In this case, they feel as if wealthy mainland Chinese are “taking over” the city. While I believe most protestors had good intentions, some took it too far and began shouting discriminatory chants against the mainland Chinese. That is not right.. Don’t get me wrong, I sympathize with their sentiments. Coming from an environment that was once the freest city in the world, they are bound to feel confined and suffocated now. But this is not the right way to go about it! Protest all you want, but do it right. Otherwise you end up sounding like an angry child who just lost his favourite toy.