This essay Colonization and National Identity- I Am a Hongkonger? has a total of 1955 words and 9 pages.
Colonization and National Identity- I Am a Hongkonger?
Being Chinese has gradually evolved in international viewing from being weak to become stronger and stronger and a much larger reason to be proud of, seeing its unprecedented economic and social advancements. China has also gained its big brother status in Asia and a major player in international field. What is the barrier then, for us Hong Kong people to announce ourselves as Chinese directly? One thing about Hong Kong is that it is colonized before the People’s republic of China has set up. To most of us, China is so near geographically or otherwise, and yet so distant, culturally and historically for the past 50 years or so.
Being in Hong Kong is contradictory. We take pride in ourselves, in our hard work, in our economic freedom, our top-ranking universities, our ability to overcome hardship and much more. We have millions of reasons to be proud of but when you ask if we have national pride, we won’t be able to give you a straight and direct answer.
What do we call ourselves when we are asked where are we from? It used to be a simple question before 1997.When I went to Australia for travelling when I was small, shop owners tried to chat with us and ask us what people are we. I answered we are HongKonger, plain and simple. We most definitely would not say we are British even if we are holding a BNO1, issued by the British. We, me included, take pride in calling ourselves as HongKonger. It is amazing how almost everyone in the world knows about Hong Kong and its glory, seeing how small it is on the map and how far it is to people in, for example, Australia or USA. Then, it comes to 1997 when Hong Kong is handed over to China.
It is much more than just a name calling for me. I would call myself CFSSer. To say that, I recognize I am really a part of my secondary school, CFSS2 as a whole and take pride in it. It is the same with calling myself a Hong Konger. It is a sense of belonging, a feeling that I am a part of something. It is something you call yourself when you feel it is something you can relate to or feel close to.
We are so used to be colonized. Ray Chow’s viewpoints (Chow, 1998), I think, speak out a lot of people’s mind. We are once again colonized. It is of course untrue practically or politically speaking but it is what we think and what the reality shows. We share the same bloodline and we may even come from same origins of places but with Hong Kong being frontier of inte
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