Only 0.3% of young Hongkongers see themselves as Chinese: survey

December 28, 2017 12:08
Most Hong Kong people, especially the young ones, do not see themselves as Chinese, according to the latest HKU POP survey on Hong Kong people’s ethnic identity. Photo: Bloomberg/HKEJ

Most people in Hong Kong, especially the younger ones, do not see themselves as Chinese, according to a survey on locals' ethnic identity.

Among the 1,034 respondents randomly interviewed by phone between Dec. 4 and 6, 39 percent identified themselves as “Hongkongers” while 14 percent as “Chinese”, down 7 percentage points from a similar survey six months ago, the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (HKU POP), which conducted the survey, said on Wednesday.

As for the rest, 29 percent identified themselves as “Hongkongers in China” and 16 percent as “Chinese in Hong Kong”.

In the broader sense, 68 percent of the respondents identified themselves as “Hongkongers”, whereas only 31 percent identified themselves as “Chinese”.

Worth mentioning is the fact that 69.7 percent of the respondents aged between 18 and 29 considered themselves as Hongkongers, a record high, while only 0.3 percent of respondents in the age group considered themselves “Chinese”, the lowest since the survey began, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

As for the absolute strength of identity, the identity rating for “Hongkongers” stands at 8.27 on a scale of 0-10, followed by “Asians” at 7.88, “global citizens” at 7.12, “members of the Chinese race” at 7.08, “Chinese” at 6.89, and “citizens of the People’s Republic of China” at 6.00.

HKU POP also released the findings of the 2017 review and 2018 forecast survey, which was conducted between Dec. 18 and 19.

Of the 1,013 respondents, 38 percent said they were satisfied with Hong Kong’s development in the past year, up 15 points from a year ago, while 35 percent were dissatisfied, down 17 points.

That translated to a net satisfaction of positive 3 percentage points, up as much as 32 points from a year earlier.

As for 2018, 40 percent considered “housing” to be the most pressing problem that the government should tackle, up 10 points, followed by “constitutional development” (15 percent) and “economy” (11 percent).

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