Hong Kong Marks 20 Years of Chinese Rule

Author: Lian Jintian

(By Lian Jintian. Renmin Ribao (人民网, People’s Daily Online), June 27, 2017. http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0627/c90000 - 9233913.html. Complete text:) Hong Kong now witnesses a closer cultural bond with the Chinese mainland, 20 years after its return to the motherland. Its citizens also have a stronger sense of national identity.

During the British colonial rule of Hong Kong, schools didn’t offer Chinese history lessons, and museums were not allowed to exhibit traditional Chinese culture because of cultural alienation.

The cultural bonds between Hong Kong and mainland were interrupted. As a result, it would take a long time to change people’s perception due to such indoctrination.

After China resumed exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997, the government of the special administrative region has strengthened its efforts to enhance people’s sense of national belonging.

National education was added into the curriculum of civic education in schools, introducing subjects such as national pride and patriotism.

In 2017, about 100,000 Hong Kong students will participate in exchange project with their counterparts in the mainland under the sponsorship of Hong Kong administration. China’s national flags and national anthem are also very common in this metropolis.

Hong Kong has seen more and more Mandarin speakers, with more than 100,000 people having joined national Mandarin test during the past 20 years. In addition, thousands of students from Hong Kong pursue university education in the mainland each year.

A survey made before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games showed that 78% of the young people in Hong Kong are willing to be the volunteers of the event. A recent survey conducted by Hong Kong United Youth Association also suggested that more than 80% of Hong Kong college students expressed their interest of working in the mainland.

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