Tiffany Lim, 13, Tak Nga Secondary School
I am both Chinese and a Hongkonger. This is despite the fact that some senior students do not consider themselves to be Chinese.
Some people might think I’m insane for considering myself Chinese. But it’s a part of me which I would never change. Our ethnicity makes us who we are and we should be proud of it.
We can’t say that we don’t consider ourselves Chinese just because those two idiots said “Hong Kong is not China”. Hong Kong immediately took action to defend China, because it’s part of our national identity. This was proof that no matter how much we deny we’re Chinese, it is a part of us, and we should respect that.
No matter what, we are both Chinese and Hongkongers.
Ady Lam, 11, Island School
I consider myself a Chinese-Canadian Hongkonger. Sometimes, when I’m feeling cheeky, I call myself Kenyan. After all, the first humans came from Kenya. And anyway, Chinese people and HongKongers are both essentially Chinese. It’s the same as how the first generation of Singaporeans were Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian, among others. So you could just call me Chinese-Canadian.
Kelly Chu, 14, St Paul’s School (Lam Tin)
I’m definitely a Hongkonger, but I’m also Chinese. I was born in Hong Kong and have lived here ever since. When foreigners ask me where I’m from, I always say “Hong Kong” without hesitation.
I was born in Hong Kong – a part of China. So I’m Chinese. During the Qin dynasty, the first Qin emperor divided the country. With the exception of 99 years of British rule, the village in the southern region known as Hong Kong has been ruled by Beijing ever since. Yes, we have a “one country, two systems” policy, but Hong Kong is still under the rule of the central government. So I disagree with anyone who says Hong Kong is not China. All our ancestors came from the mainland. It would be impossible for me to consider myself as anything other than both Chinese and a Hongkonger.
Ivan Lam, 17, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College
I definitely consider myself a Hongkonger, rather than Chinese. These days you don’t have to look very far to see mainlanders travelling around the world, and disrespecting different cultures and places. They swarm in and buy everything in sight whenever they travel overseas. They have gained a bad reputation for their rude behaviour. Sometimes people mistake Hongkongers for mainlanders, and you can tell they are relieved when they realise we’re from Hong Kong. As a polite Hong Kong resident with discipline and good manners, I have no good reason to think of myself as Chinese.
Michael Kwok Pui-hin, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School
I consider myself a Hongkonger. Like many other Hongkongers, I usually use “Chinglish”. For example, I say things like “add oil” instead of “keep going”. I know Chinglish isn’t allowed in public exams or formal writing, but I feel more comfortable using it with my friends in daily conversation.
Freedom of speech also makes me a Hongkonger. We can freely express our thoughts and opinions. We are free to disagree with the government. I’m proud to call myself a citizen of this open-minded city. I truly love my birthplace, Hong Kong.
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