Hong Kong needs to remember the 1997 handover, and other events in its history
I am writing in response to the article “Government rewrites history of Hong Kong’s 1997 handover, one inconvenient phrase at a time” (May 2). The writer points to the government textbook review committee’s objection to the phrase “taking back Hong Kong” and the Protocol Division’s deletion of the word “handover” from its website, in describing the city’s return to China in 1997. The government in response said it merely removed “non-official terminology” from the website.
History offers lessons for all of us. We learn many things from history and can then try to not to repeat the mistakes of the past. It is very important for everyone to know what happened in 1997 and the decades preceding it, because we as Hong Kong people should not forget the history of our city.
We know that the Chinese government is anxious about comments on independence in some quarters of Hong Kong society and wants to inculcate a greater sense of national identity and patriotism among the people in the city.
But they should not use this method to try to change our history, however imperceptibly.
Tina Yeung, Kwai Chung