Ungrateful and uncaring attitude is disappointing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 September, 2001, 12:00am

I am an American who lived in Hong Kong for 23 years and who recently returned to spend the summer months on a consulting assignment.


I came back because I felt a certain responsibility to help Hong Kong move forward during its difficult times. I have grown quite attached to the place and the people. They have, over the years, been very kind to me.


Many Americans have chosen to live here over the years. They have taken it upon themselves to try to help in Hong Kong's development. The American Chamber of Commerce has repeatedly travelled to the United States lobbying the US Government on behalf of Hong Kong. Individual Americans, at their own expense, tried to persuade US congressmen to support most-favoured-nation status for China.


Hong Kong people might think these individuals were motivated by financial gain. This is not true.


A number of Americans have played a key role in helping Hong Kong move forward, especially in time of need. Often, they had nothing to gain.


Now that the shoe is on the other foot, what has Hong Kong done or what will it do to help America? At this point, I have seen nothing, not even a few minutes of remembrance. Hong Kong, it is time to stand up and be counted.


CHARLES STEILEN


Sha Tin