[A Letter to HK]
By: Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
It has been 19 years. How have you been?
I heard that you have changed, a lot. There are things I love and things I hate.
I love that you have a strong sense of your own identity. You are proudly Chinese, but distinctly westernized – expressing in an open embrace of your local culture.
I have always loved animals, and I love that you now have four adorable pandas at your themed park.
I love that you weathered many economic storms. There were tough times in 1998, 2000 and 2003, but you survived anyway, with a low unemployment rate and a booming tourism industry.
However, I am disappointed on your emphasis on tourism. Tourists are not here to appreciate your culture or your beautiful landscape. Most of them are here for jewelry, watches, gold, and other branded products.
I am upset that your mother language is being threatened. Before 1997, English was once hailed to be the language that is more superior and yet you were still able to celebrate your root in Cantonese through your famous Hong Kong movies and music. After the handover, your native language is further bumped down to the third-ranking language with the rise of Mandarin. How does the future of Cantonese seem to you, when you children don’t even speak the language at school?
I hate that your freedom is now being constraint. You used to speak what you want, express what you feel. But now, someone might condemn you if you do.
Even so, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best.
I loved you and I will always love you.
A girl of the 90’s
文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)