Kong's careless choice of words is disappointing. This incident brings to light the tensions existing under "one country, two systems". It fuels the strain created by the influx of pregnant mainland women into Hong Kong, rising property prices and the Dolce & Gabbana incident.
A survey by the University of Hong Kong in December showed that 55.5 per cent of local people view themselves as detached from the mainland. Instead of seeking detachment, however, mutual understanding is more important.
The daily influx of mainland visitors to Hong Kong helps fuel the city's economy, and many of its resources, such as water, come from the mainland, so detachment may be unwise. Consideration is crucial to narrowing the gap between Hongkongers and mainlanders. The last thing either side needs is thoughtless, rash and damaging comments.
The ability of many to see that Kong's opinions are not typical shows promise. The joint letter sent by Peking University and Hong Kong students to demand an apology proves the younger generation seeks mutual understanding.