“Dolce & Gabbana first issued a statement saying that these measures were meant to ‘protect their intellectual property’. Such an explanation is hard to understand, as their products are easily found in catalogues, magazines, advertisements and even on the Web. Not to mention that mainland China – not Hong Kong – is rather well known for pirating intellectual property!
Locals feel like they’re second class shoppers, or even second class citizens. Some even say it’s worse than when we were ruled by the British.
Mainlanders and locals regularly clash. Recently, parents from mainland China let their child defecate in public in the Harbour City shopping mall
, where the Dolce & Gabbana store is located. This is absolutely intolerable for locals.
“The relationship between Hong Kong and the mainlanders
is extremely tense right now”
The relationship between the two communities is extremely tense right now, for many reasons. After the handover in 1997, the communists promised Hong Kong citizens a high degree of autonomy. But they broke their promise by ‘reinterpreting’ the law. They pushed back legislative elections from 2008 to ‘at earliest, 2020’ and the election for chief executive from 2007 to ‘at earliest, 2017’.
Hong Kong’s current government is just a puppet. It seldom takes care of its own people, instead introducing policies approved by Beijing. For example, 95% of people in Hong Kong speak Cantonese [which is one of the island’s two official languages, the other being English]. And yet the department of education has set a long-term target of changing all Chinese-language courses from Cantonese to Mandarin, the language spoken in mainland China.
Here’s another example: the government subsidises education for mainland students instead of local students. In graduate schools, nearly 60% of students come from the mainland.
A few years ago, Hong Kong was still one of the most promising countries among the Four Asian Tigers
. But Hong Kong’s economy has stalled for over a decade. The middle class has gotten poorer; meanwhile, housing prices are among the highest in the world.
Owing to unreliable products on the mainland and a favourable tax rate here, a lot of mainland Chinese come to Hong Kong to shop like crazy. This can hurt the locals. For example, during the powdered milk scandal
[in 2008], some Hong Kong vendors accepted bribes to sell their milk to mainlanders first. This created a shortage for local babies