Andrew Wan, 13, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
The “Chinglish” – a mixture of Cantonese and English – that I use sometimes when texting my friends or talking to them face-to-face. For example, Hongkongers often pronounce the word “game” as “gam”, “coupon” is pronounced “quipon”. Hongkongers say “open the television” instead of “turn on the television”, “let’s go and see see” instead of “let’s go and take a look”, “have a dog there” instead of “there is a dog”, and so on.
Chinglish is a common language used by Hongkongers nowadays. I bet my native English-speaking teachers and classmates have no clue when they see our texts or hear us!
Kaur Mukhjot, 16. St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
Chinese is my second language and I consider myself more a Hongkonger than an American or an Indian. I have tonnes of local friends and I love Chinese food. What’s more, I celebrate traditional Chinese Festival more then Indian festivals. Last but not the least, for me, Eason Chan’s music is love, and that’s reason enough to consider myself as a Hongkonger.
Clara Chan Hoi-ying, 16, Wa Ying College
To me, speaking fluently in three languages makes me a Hongkonger. I see having Cantonese as our mother tongue as a privilege.
Although Cantonese is used in southern China and other Asian countries, there are still some slang terms and euphemisms unique to Hong Kong people, which I am very proud of. For example, “hea” means “laidback”.
Furthermore, Cantonese is said to be one of the most difficult language to learn, so mastering Cantonese is a great achievement, and adds to what makes me a Hongkonger.
Benjamin Oh, 14, Chinese International School
Some say that it’s a love for yum cha. Some say it’s the ability to tolerate the busy streets of Wan Chai. Others say that it’s an enjoyment of Cantonese soap operas.
In my opinion, it’s none of the above. Just because you act like a Hongkonger doesn’t make you a Hongkonger, and similarly, just because you are a Hongkonger doesn’t neccessarily mean you act like one.
Being a Hongkonger has no requirements, no criteria, no rubric. If you believe that you’re a Hongkonger, then you are. And that’s all.
Anita So Yuen-tin, 15, PLK Ma Kam Ming College
This is a meaningful question. I strongly believe that having the freedom of speech makes me a Hongkonger. In Hong Kong, everyone can live as they wish. According to the Basic Law, no one should criticise others for their religion or their political beliefs. Because of this, Hong Kong is one of the most open-minded and liberal cities, and one in which I am proud to reside.
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