Hong Kong promotes the motherland

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am

Since the handover, the SAR government has introduced a series of measures to boost patriotic education among young people.


In 2001, the Education and Manpower Bureau released a consultation document entitled 'Learning to Learn - The Way Forward in Curriculum'.


It clearly spelled out the goal of 'nurturing students' Chinese identity'.


Since then, patriotic ideals have been incorporated into the formal curriculum, with subjects like liberal studies, Chinese history and Chinese covering topics related to national identity.


Flag-raising ceremonies have also become common in many local


schools.


Cultural exchange trips to China are also arranged for students to learn more about their motherland. While more and more local youths consider themselves Chinese instead of Hongkongers, the government's attempt to promote patriotism is not without its critics.


When a TV promotional clip entitled 'Our Home Our Country', with the national anthem The March of the Volunteers playing in the background, was broadcast before the evening news in 2004, locals denounced the advertisement as nothing more than brainwashing tactics.