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【Hong Kong】Why youth feel uneasy about the future after the handover

【Hong Kong】Why youth feel uneasy about the future after the handover

Since the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997, a high degree of autonomy under the one country, two systems system has been recognized, but policies have been introduced in line with the intentions of the Chinese government.

In Hong Kong, Cantonese is mainly used in addition to English, but recently, it seems that the number of educational sites that emphasize standard language (the same Chinese as mainland China) has increased.

Many people in Hong Kong have a strong Cantonese identity, so many oppose this trend.

English education was so important when Britain ruled Hong Kong that the English proficiency of the elderly is extremely high, especially in Asia.

In Hong Kong, since handover, students have less opportunities to be educated in English as well as Cantonese.

There are many prestigious universities in Hong Kong, but nowadays more and more people are dissatisfied with the distribution of admission opportunities to young people in mainland China.

Hong Kong has big financial problems.

  • Insufficient housing supply
  • Lack of education and medical resources
  • Price increase due to real estate prices

Many citizens want the country to solve these problems, but the country has responded less and has prioritized commercial development.

In any case, the interests of industries and economic groups tend to be prioritized over the will of the people, and economic disparities are unlikely to disappear.

The Hong Kong demo, which has become a hot topic all over the world, has many such complicated reasons.

・Reference
‘Everyone is feeling more despair’: A look back at Hong Kong’s handover to China 21 years later
Explaining Localism in Post-handover Hong Kong: An Eventful

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