Date
16 December 2017
Fewer Hong Kong people are proud of the Chinese national flag and more are wary about the new People's Army according to a survey. Photo: Bloomberg
Fewer Hong Kong people are proud of the Chinese national flag and more are wary about the new People's Army according to a survey. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong people pride in Chinese national flag, anthem ebbing

A growing number of Hong Kong people don’t identify themselves with Chinese national symbols and heritage including the national flag and anthem as well as Putonghua.

Also, they are increasingly wary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to a survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

About three in 10 respondents are proud of the Hong Kong flag, down from four in 10 in 2011.

Less than one in 10 does not identify with the Hong Kong emblem compared with nearly four in 10 in 2010.

The proportion of respondents who said they are proud of the Chinese national flag fell to 29.5 percent in 2014 from 52.7 percent in 2010 while those who are not rose to 13.7 percent from 3.8 percent. 

Hong Kong people who are proud of the national anthem fell to 31.8 percent from 54.8 percent. Those who are not grew to 13.9 percent from 5.8 percent. 

About 16.7 percent of the respondents are proud of Putonghua, down from 28.5 percent against 16.2 percent who are not, up from 7.3 percent previously. 

Those who are proud of the PLA fell to 17.4 percent from 33.5 percent compared with 26.7 percent who are not, up from from 10.1 percent.

The survey was conducted last month on 810 Hong Kong citizens aged 18 and above. 

Also, about 31.2 percent identify themselves as Chinese or “Chinese but also Hongkongese” while nearly 70 percent said they are “Hongkongnese” or “Hongkongese but also Chinese”, the highest since 1996, the survey said.

As much as 38 percent of the respondents between 18 and 34 said they have “negative” feelings toward mainland visitors.

The ratio for other age groups ranged from 24 percent to 27.5 percent.

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