Love China like you would a lover, says Hong Kong councillor

Love China like you would a lover, says Hong Kong councillor

A Hong Kong councillor, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fan has said that just like marriage, where people need to learn to love each, Hong Kong students need to learn to love China

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Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun compares loving China to a romantic relationship.
Photo: May Tse/SCMP

Executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun has become the centre of online discussions for drawing an analogy between learning about the country and love affairs in a message aimed at students.

In an interview published in pro-Beijing Wen Wei Pao and Ta Kung Pao, the close aide to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying encouraged students to love and identify with the country from the start.

“It’s like dating and getting married,” Law explained. “Before falling in love, there should be preliminary and in-depth understanding and then a search for common ground.”

The former permanent secretary for education and manpower also invited students to learn about the country from all angles, such as by seizing opportunities to visit and work on the mainland.

“Even if you don’t like it after learning about it, you need to know about it to survive,” she said.

“Hong Kong is too small and the market is not big enough,” Law continued.

Several social media sources reported the interview, including TV Most, which created a satirical dialogue between a country vowing its love "would not change for 50 years" despite the fact its lover, presumably Hong Kong, had "lost its shape" in the years after the handover.    

Law also said people were not receiving news and information featuring different perspectives from wider channels and were only receiving one-sided material from social media.

This is not the first time Law’s comments have stirred controversy. In March, her suggestion that new teaching recruits in the city be put through national education training in the mainland drew a lot of criticism from pan-democrats and even some fellow pro-Beijing allies.

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Anonymous

16:00pm

I completely disagree with that idea. When you love your spouse, you develop romantic feeling for him/her, obviously. There must be something you are infatuated about that lover. I'm not sorry nor ashamed to admit that there is nothing about China I can fall in love with right now, sole exception being the awesome food. How can you 'love China like you would a lover' when that lover doesn't even take your opinions into consideration? How can you 'love China like you would a lover', when that lover tries to hold you like a helpless puppet? Oh, I still haven't forgotten about the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989. If that's the way my future husband is going to treat me, I might as well become a nun right now. It is true that we should love our country and serve it to the best of our ability, but is it wrong not to do so when there's nothing worthwhile for you to love and serve?

Miuccia Chan, 14, Marknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)

Anonymous

19:08pm

I think you're too young to say what you mean in your comment! We're not always love at the first sight! Instead, we'll try to get closer to our "targets", try to know more about our "targets", and not to make easy comments about our "targets" by one incident. Am I right?!

Anonymous

16:00pm

I think this quote is sort of bombastic. A lover is someone you could choose, you love it proactively and your will determines who your lover is. In contrast, being born in China is not a choice, just like being born in your family. So it would be more scrutable if her saying is changed to Love China like you would a family member. Love and a sense of belonging aren't present at the moment you were born, so it takes time to grow. And it grows along with the environment. If the environment is not absorbing to you, then the love you have towards that particular thing wouldn't be mighty. In this case, that something is China, so if one person grows up seeing and hearing the spoiled side of China, they wouldn't be able to love China, specifically not as a lover. Therefore, I think this quote comes off too forcing. You don't have to love China like you would a lover, everyone has their own orientation.

Sebastian Wong 16 Po Leung **** Vicwood K.T. Chong Sixth Form College

Anonymous

16:01pm

I spare a thought that urging young people by saying that basically means that the youngsters nowadays should learn to accept china's rules and regulations. And we all know that's never going to happen!

Naz Iraj, 17, St. Margaret's Girls' College, Hong Kong.