Liu Wing-yuen is a very worried young man. He is worried about his exam results and he is worried about the future of Hong Kong. There are not many 16-year-olds living in Britain who would include the handover of Hong Kong on their list of personal concerns. But for Form Two student Wing- yuen, it is of prime importance. The majority of his friends at Salendine Nook High School in Huddersfield, northern England, know little about Hong Kong. To them it's a far-away, exotic place which will probably never touch their lives. Hong Kong is somewhere on the other side of the globe and, even though it crops up in the news these days, it is difficult to appreciate what is about to happen 'over there'. Wing-yuen has lived all his life in England but his parents have been diligent in teaching him what it means to be Chinese. He has an elder brother, Wing-lun, 18, who is a university student. His other brother, Wing-yee, 14, is at secondary school. All three were born in England. Wing-yuen's father moved to England when he was a teenager and his mother's family emigrated when she was still a girl. The couple met and married in England but always retained strong links with Hong Kong. The Liu brothers study Cantonese on Saturday afternoons at a local community centre. The lessons are organised by someone whose family is from Hong Kong. After eight years' study, Wing-yuen is fluent. The future of Cantonese as a language is one of the concerns he has about the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong. Wing-yuen believes there could be chaos with Cantonese and Putonghua vying for prominence. 'It's like France suddenly taking over England,' he says. 'How could both French and English work side by side as one country's language. Communication would be very difficult.' Nine years ago, Mr and Mrs Liu for the first time returned to Hong Kong with their young family. Wing- yuen remembers being overwhelmed by it all. The long flight, the hundreds of relatives who kept popping up from nowhere, and the mountains of superb Chinese food. They stayed with his father's family in Sha Tin. Then last year, Wing-yuen paid another visit. He remembers that trip in vivid detail. He stayed at the Kowloon Regal Hotel and did a lot of sight-seeing. 'We saw so much,' Wing-yuen said. 'The cars were all a lot newer than the ones we see on the roads in England and the architecture was much more modern. 'I used to think that Hong Kong was just the Island and Kowloon. I'd forgotten about the New Territories. The whole area was much bigger than I remembered from my first visit.' Wing-yuen was very impressed by the Big Buddha on Lantau Island and by Ocean Park. He thought the public transport was superb and, of course, he bought piles of clothes. 'I can't wait to go back to Hong Kong,' he admits. 'Perhaps I'll wait a few years and maybe go and work there when I get my qualifications from university in Britain. But I do want to go back. After all, my heritage is there. 'I hope that the handover will help China's progress as a country of the 20th century. 'Both sides will have to give and take and show a lot of understanding to make sure that things work out.' Mr Millen is a teacher at a school in England There will be no publication of Young Post tomorrow.