Are you patriotic?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 February, 2004, 12:00am

Cherry Yim Cheuk-yan

Age: 16

There isn't any concept of patriotism in my mind. I have no comment on the issue and I seldom bother about these things.

Ben Wong Ka-chun

Age: 18

Patriotism is not really an issue for me. I don't think it will make any difference whether I am patriotic or not. In the end, we have no say on big issues.

I know there are people such as Long Hair [Leung Kwok-hung] talking about patriotism, but I haven't really read anything in the news.

To me, to be patriotic means not to look down on your compatriots.

Derek Leung Wing-ngai

Age: 20

I am an acceptable patriot. I do have a sense of belonging to the country and I've studied Chinese history in secondary school.

A patriot should be committed to doing something good for the country and its people.

I heard about the discussions about patriotism these days, but I haven't read the news that thoroughly.

Ivan Lau Ming-hei

Age: 20

I'm not really patriotic. I think part of the reason is that we were never taught about it in school. We've never been told how we should love our country. My understanding and knowledge of my country is really limited.

I haven't been following the news on patriotism over the past few weeks.

To me, a patriot should make some contribution to the country.

Ka Yip Pui-ling

Age: 20

Yes, I think I'm patriotic. Being Chinese, with Chinese blood flowing in me, I think I definitely love my country. I've studied Chinese culture and history, so I know the country quite well.

I haven't paid too much attention to the recent debates on patriotism. But I think a patriot should contribute in one way or another to the country.