Hong Kong : Prejudice Against Its Own
Hong Kong residents will tell you they are not Chinese. This is like New Yorker’s saying they are not American. Hong Kong is part of Mainland China, even though they call Chinese “mainlander’s”. Hong Kong has been handled with the utmost respect and support by the Chinese government since the end of the “England Lease of Hong Kong” that it seems illogical that Hong Kong people would be prejudice against their Chinese brothers……but they are!
The common Hong Kong resident does not understand the wealth that has been bestowed on them by the citizens of China. China tourists are the ONLY reason why the Hong Kong government currently has a balanced budget. Every day Hong kong residents are biting the hands that feed them when they treat their Chinese brothers poorly.
Even the official representatives of Hong Kong tourism have shown their prejudice: “They don’t like the idea of having all these rich showing off how much money they have, and spending heaps of money on all these luxurious products,” said Paul Tse, the Hong Kong lawmaker who represents the tourism sector.
The Hong Kong tax laws are very simple. For an individual the standard rate of Salaries Tax is 15%. The normal rate of Profits Tax is 16.5% for corporations and 15% for unincorporated businesses. Much of these taxes are raised by the influx of tourism from the new wealthy Chinese who come to visit Hong Kong for shopping. But Hong Kong is not the only shopping mecca of the world. Other countries are moving to take away this windfall of revenue from Hong Kong.
Even America is getting into the game. President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the streamlining of applications for foreign tourist visas to the United States, focused on increasingly affluent Chinese and Brazilian visitors, in an effort to boost tourism and create jobs. This is ironic because Hong Kong currency is tied closely with the USD. Now America sees that Hong Kong is pushing away the very people who are making Hong Kong stable in the middle of the American financial crisis, and America is quick to take the initiative to get that revenue from an unappreciative country.
Unfortunately, Hong Kong residents have assimilated the English “better than thou” attitude into their culture and forgotten that they have a 6000 year history with china that was weakened by just one century. Think of how East and West German re-united after the USSR occupation. The two welcomed each other with open arms. Now move to Hong Kong, with a British attitude and you get a completely different result.
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Hong Kong citizens are even protesting Chinese by calling them “Locust” in full page advertisements : A group of Hong Kong residents have placed an advertisement in a popular tabloid calling people from mainland China ”locusts”. They accuse the very people who are individually responsible for Hong Kong’s balanced budget of “stealing public resources”!
“Why are mainland mothers flooding in to take up resources in public hospitals, getting our benefits and social welfare?” one of the organizers of the campaign told the South China Morning Post newspaper.
Taking up public resources???? That is a funny statement. According to the 2006 census, 3.3 million people or 48.8 percent of the population of Hong Kong lived in rental or subsidized-sale public housing; within that group, 31 percent lived in public rental housing, 17.1 percent lived in Housing Authority subsidized-sale flats and 0.7 percent lived in Housing Society subsidized-sale flats
Here is the bottom line. Hong Kong IS China. Hong Kong is handling the “give back” of their region to their mother country incorrectly. Hong Kong has a limited amount of time to fix this prejudice before they are wholly assimilated back into the Chinese nation.
In accordance with the One Country, Two Systems principle agreed between the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China, the socialist system of People’s Republic of China would not be practiced in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and Hong Kong’s previous capitalist system and its way of life would remain unchanged for a period of 50 years. That means in 2047, Hong Kong will not longer enjoy its “together, but separate” status with China.
Most importantly, Hong Kong needs to remember that Shenzhen is it’s next door neighbor. Shenzhen has more money, more people, more modern infrastructure, more industry, and is rapidly replacing Hong Kong as the “Jewel of Asia”. If Hong Kong keeps a blind eye to what is happening around them, they will soon lose their balanced budget, soon lose their easy lifestyle, and soon lose all the goodwill that their mother country has bestowed on them.