|‘Those who refuse to speak Mandarin, what kind of people are they? Bastard!’ ‘|
Yesterday the SCMP reports ‘An ultra-leftist mainland academic branded Hong Kong people “running dogs of the British government” when commenting on a quarrel between Hong Kong and mainland passengers on an MTR train.’ (news here)
What Anson Chan, the former Chief Secretary for Administration, has said 11 years ago still stands ‘ Some are so concerned about integration that they seem to forget that our strength lies in the separation which is fundamental to the success of One Country Two System – not just Hong Kong but for China as well’ (In Retrospect and Anticipation, the luncheon address to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center)
The whole point of OCTS is the distinctiveness that Hong Kong should enjoy, from capitalism and rule of law to Cantonese and Traditional Chinese, instead of integrating with the Mainland.
The Europeans have long realized the unfeasibility of unification and have abandoned the idea of the Holy Roman Empire 500 years ago (officially dead in 1806).
In the 21st century, Sinologists in China, finding the notions of class conflicts and Chinese nation inadequate to justify the imperial rule in Tibet and One China doctrine, are anxious to develop the Tian Xia (天下, literally ‘under heaven’) concept – a return to the good and old Chinese imperialism under the Qing Dynasty. ( a fantastic analysis is available here)
Florence in Italy has her harmoniously symmetrical Renaissance art while Venice developed her own colourful painting. Similarly Quebec in Canada had her own rich French culture while the rest of Canada speak English.
I do not see any conflict for a tourist to see the grandeur of the Forbidden Palace in Beijing while he can submerge into the classic Greco – Victorian architectural design of the Peninsula Hotel.
Perhaps 孔慶東 and China still stand where the Europeans have already moved along – that is 500 hundred years ago. They first want Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong to kowtow, and then the rest of the world.
Well, perhaps, 孔慶東 is right. Having been separate since 1842, we are dogs, the ones who learn rule of law from British but inherit the beautiful Traditional Chinese writing – British dogs with dragon tattoo.