Jiayang Fan

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Denise Ho Confronts Hong Kong’s New Political Reality, The New Yorker (2019)[edit]

Jiayang Fan (January 21, 2019). Denise Ho Confronts Hong Kong’s New Political Reality. The New Yorker. Retrieved January 15, 2019.

  • If you grew up in mainland China, there’s something disorienting about being in Hong Kong.
  • To be someone of Chinese descent [visiting Hong Kong] who speaks Mandarin and English but not Cantonese is to experience a double foreignness, and two subtly different kinds of suspicion: if I spoke English, I was assumed to be a Westerner, which meant being treated with wary deference but also being outrageously overcharged; speaking Mandarin was worse, eliciting a distrust that bordered on contempt.
  • Given China’s vast consumer base, locals increasingly fear being outspent. They also complain that their orderly, law-abiding culture is being eroded by uncouth, rapacious visitors. When arguments break out, Hong Kongers call the mainlanders locusts, and the mainlanders dismiss the locals as lapdogs of the British.