Hong Kong students born in the 1990s have an entrenched dislike of mainland China and are keenly aware of their identity, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.
One reason is that China is too focused on the economy at the expense of human rights and other basic freedoms, according to one student, surnamed Hui.
Hui, a freshman at Hong Kong Baptist University, said her negative impression of the country comes from media reports about income disparity, human rights abuses and land confiscations.
She said her parents forbid her from going to the mainland for security reasons.
Some students said they have had bad experiences.
A 21-year-old college student, known only as Jeff, said he had been tricked in the mainland but did not elaborate.
Also, some students said they don’t know enough about Chinese politics, including how Xi Jinping became president.
Joshua Wong, convenor and founder of the student activist group Scholarism, said he is keen to learn the Chinese constitution.
Another student, surnamed Chan, said he disapproves of one-party rule by the Communist Party although he is influenced by Confucianism.
A majority of Hong Kong students recognize their Chinese ethnicity but prefer their Hong Kong identity, the report said.
“If there’s a choice, why should we identify ourselves with something inferior?” said Tiffany, a law student at the University of Hong Kong.
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