“A system that breeds people who shit on streets vs a 50K People protest and not even ONE broken window”
I share your frustration in the situation that is currently happening in Hong Kong, but your tweet made me angry. This is not the first time I felt personally attacked by your tweets, seeing that you hold strong prejudice against us “mainlanders”. You’ve called us pigs, uncivilized, and that you really can’t expect all that much from us. But this time it angers me much more than usual. Instead of addressing the actual issue and drawing awareness to Occupy Central, you chose to focus on civilians who had nothing to do with this.
Have you considered that “people who shit on streets” are also under the same control you fear for your people in the future? What about us? We’ve fought our battle before, but it ended in the June 4th massacre. So how dare you even speak of us in that manner when it could very well be your people who will “shit on streets” ten years from now? I am angry not because you criticized our system, but because you chose to criticize our system through insulting innocent civilians who might not even be aware of Occupy Central because they are under heavy censorship.
The prejudice that people from Hong Kong has about those from mainland China is not a new thing. We’ve always been the uneducated neighbours. The people who cut in line, are corrupted communists, spit on the streets, and are generally ill-mannered. The prejudice is held to the point where some people from Hong Kong will even refuse to acknowledge as being the same kind of “Chinese” as we are. But that is such an extreme case of stereotyping. Just like how you can find uncivilized individuals in Hong Kong, you can find polite individuals in mainland. When you generalize like that, how can you even complain when people assume you are good at mathematics because you’re Asian?
Even if you do a study and pull out statistics to back up your arguments that mainlanders tend to behave in uncivilized ways, have you thought about your privilege? Hong Kong is a place that has enjoyed immense wealth under British rule and still continue to do much better economically even after 1997. To people from the countryside or smaller cities, women are considered to have done very well if they managed to marry someone from Hong Kong. Doesn’t that tell you something? While you spit out hateful words about my people, we idolize your people because most of the time you are better off financially and have more opportunities.
In a country where resources have always been limited and the population ever-increasing, there is only so much energy you can invest in making sure everybody plays fair. We can’t afford to not butt in line and let everybody make a fair portion. We are all trying to cope in an environment that is incredibly stressful, and parents try their best to educate their children to be good citizens despite all the challenges they face. So next time before you make a comment that spits on us, count your blessings, remember your privilege, and re-evaluate your words.