Talking Points: Should the British royal logo stay on the remaining 59 postboxes?

Talking Points: Should the British royal logo stay on the remaining 59 postboxes?

Part of our history or just irrelevant? Our students discuss ...

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Here to stay or it's got to go?
Photo: AFP

Morris Chan, 15, LKWFSL Lau Wong Fat Secondary School

Yes, it should. These postboxes are historical artefacts. They were very much a part of Hong Kong's transformation from a fishing village to an international business centre.

I think people will oppose any government moves to remove the British royal logo from these postboxes. The public sees the logo as a symbol of Hong Kong's rich history. By keeping the logos, the government can show that they care about the city's heritage, and locals will appreciate that.

Chloris Ho, 16, Sacred Heart Canossian College

The British royal logo should stay. These postboxes have great historical value, and they reflect the lives of Hongkongers from the days when the city was a British colony. This can raise public awareness of the importance of preserving Hong Kong's culture and heritage, and also teach young people about our history.

Furthermore, the postboxes are iconic features of Hong Kong, and can attract more tourists to the city. We won't lose anything by keeping the royal logos. But remove them, and we would lose a cultural jewel.

Carrie Hui Wai-ying, 16, Ma On Shan Tsung Tsin Secondary School

Since the handover, the Hong Kong government has been trying to get rid of everything linked to British colonialism. However, I don't think we should remove the British royal logo from the postboxes. It would only add fuel to the fire at a time when people are already unhappy with the Leung administration.

It is clear that those postboxes are part of our collective memory. Do you remember when Queen's Pier was torn down? It triggered a conflict between the public and the police. There were protests all over Hong Kong.

Let's keep the British royal logo on the postboxes so that history won't repeat itself.

Connie Tsoi-Sze-ching, 16, Leung Shek Chee College

The royal logos should definitely stay, because they are a part of Hong Kong's history. The plan to cover up the logo shows how inconsiderate the government is. It is silly for them to think that eliminating all traces left by the British can raise our sense of national identity and make us support Beijing.

Many people think that the British ruled Hong Kong better than our present government. To become more popular, the administration should improve their governance instead of doing meaningless things like covering logos.

Wong Wai-lam, 15, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School

We should keep the royal logos, because after being under British rule for 156 years, British culture is a part of us.

There are only a few things left that remind us of the colonial times, so we should protect them, not destroy them. This is also a good way to strengthen the friendship between Hong Kong and Britain.


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Should the British royal logo stay on the remaining 59 postboxes?

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4 Comments

Helio Kuok

14:33pm

15 years old from sha tin college. My opinion is that we put the post boxes in a museum, then replace them with improved postboxes (double points if the new postboxes have something like a post stamp dispenser.)

Helio Kuok

14:34pm

15 years old from sha tin college. My opinion is that we put the post boxes in a museum, then replace them with improved postboxes (double points if the new postboxes have something like a post stamp dispenser.)

Helio Kuok

14:34pm

15 years old from sha tin college. My opinion is that we put the post boxes in a museum, then replace them with improved postboxes (double points if the new postboxes have something like a post stamp dispenser.)