Anti-mainland sentiments

Controversy over urinating toddler threatens to escalate as state media, angry net users weigh in

Controversy over urinating toddler threatens to escalate as state media, angry net users weigh in

State media weighed into the debate over a mainland child urinating in a Hong Kong street on Thursday, stating that both the youngster’s parents and those who so vocally objected to their actions needed to “raise their level of civilisation”.

Friday, 25 April, 2014, 11:45am 155 comments

Hongkongers clash with mainland parents after toddler urinates in Mong Kok street

Hongkongers scuffled with the mainland couple after they allowed their toddler to relieve himself on a busy street in Mong Kok

A dispute between mainland Chinese tourists and locals over a toddler urinating in a Hong Kong street has once more become a flash point in already tense cross-border relations.

23 Apr 2014 - 10:34am 49 comments

CY Leung hints at new controls on Hong Kong’s growing tourism numbers

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (left) with ministers Paul Chan Mo-po and Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, planning director Ling Kar-kan and project manager of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, Chow Chun-wah, at a construction site near Tung Chung yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has hinted for the first time that his administration is considering controls on the number of tourists in Hong Kong. He admitted that the rising volume of visitors in recent years had "affected the daily lives" of residents, especially commuters and shoppers.

5 Apr 2014 - 4:34am 17 comments

'Beautiful souls' blinkered to reality

Some people see mainland China as leaking badness and contaminating Hong Kong with corrupt officials and 'locust' visitors. Photo: David Wong

A distinctive Hong Kong identity politics is emerging. As it is still developing, it is hard to pin down and put your finger on. But one important aspect seems clear enough: demonise China, idealise Hong Kong. Yes, yes, I know. How can that be when the city is part of China? But it's that very inclusion since the handover that is being called into question.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 31 comments

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".

10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments

Milk-powder row symptom of a wider rift with mainland

Illustration: Wilson Tsang

The latest restriction reflects the tip of the iceberg. A plethora of issues bring mainland and Hong Kong residents into conflict - a problem for governments on both sides of the border.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am 3 comments

SCMP’s Falklands-inspired poll sparks Hong Kong colonial debate

A screenshot taken on Wednesday, 6pm Hong Kong time.

When Falkland Islanders voted 99.8 per cent to stay a British Overseas Territory, little did they know they would also kick up a fuss all the way around the world in Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing film critic wins ADC prize for slamming Hong Kong film

A still from Vulgaria shows (left to right) Hiro Hayama, Susan Shaw, Dada Chen and Matt Chow Hoi-kwong.

Jia Xuanning, a 24-year-old Beijing Film Academy and Chinese University graduate, won the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s first ever Critic’s Prize with a scathing critique about 2012 film Vulgaria.

27 Feb 2013 - 9:43am

Anti-mainlander hate demeans Hongkongers

We may have legitimate reasons to want to keep mainland visitors out, but it does not excuse hateful behaviours. Photo: Nora Tam

It saddens me that we have become a city filled with hate. Everywhere I went this past week, there it was. The hate is stomach-turning, especially as the Lunar New Year is a time for us to celebrate and come together as a community of Chinese people. 

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 35 comments

Don't bite the hand of tourism - shake it

Mainland tourists visit Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The mainland's mammoth Lunar New Year scramble is as much about going home for the festive season as having the opportunity to travel. A proportion of the 3.4 billion journeys that will be made during the 40-day period will be to Hong Kong. Some people will see the extra deluge of tourists as a heightened inconvenience and intrusion, a cause for frowns, scowls and perhaps anger.

6 Feb 2013 - 1:38am 5 comments

Outcry at mainland mother who let son defecate at Taiwan airport

A toddler is seen relieving himself in public. SCMP photo.

A photo of a mainland toddler defecating in public at an airport in Taiwan has sparked anger and criticism from internet users in Taiwan and China.

The photograph, allegedly taken by a Taiwanese tour guide, was published first on Facebook and then on a Taiwanese news webite earlier this week.

30 Jan 2013 - 1:27pm 18 comments

Vigilantes tackle wrong target in crusade against formula hoarders

Activists protest at Mong Kok East MTR station. Photo: David Wong

About 20 members of the Hong Kong Autonomy Movement who rallied online gathered outside Mong Kok East MTR station in a bid to block people carrying cans of formula or boxes of other goods.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:41am 1 comment

Stemming inundation of Hong Kong overrides perceived loss of judicial autonomy

Something astonishing happened to me on Christmas Eve at Central MTR station at about lunchtime. I had to struggle to hear Cantonese. Most everyone in the packed station was speaking Putonghua. Later, I mentioned this phenomenon to my lunch companions - two pro-establishment legislators and a well-known political commentator.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am 6 comments

Foreign interference claims fuel a vicious circle

Members of "We are Hongkongers, Not Chinese" wave Hong Kong Flag of the colonial era in front of Central Government's Liason Office. Photo: Dickson Lee

Are foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong? Several commentators in the pro-Beijing media, including an official in Beijing, have suggested in recent weeks that they are.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:46am

Hong Kong accepting too many mainland Chinese immigrants, survey finds

A protester holds a placard during a protest march against mainland pregnant women giving births in Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

The city is accepting too many immigrants from the mainland, according to half of the Hongkongers polled in a survey released on Thursday.

22 Nov 2012 - 10:05pm 2 comments