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Greater Bay Area

Young Hong Kong people will lose out if they let China stereotypes rule their lives

  • Most youngsters who do not wish to work across the border feel that way because they cannot see beyond the negative stereotypes
  • While the government can help to acquaint the youth with life on the mainland, they should also stop making excuses for not venturing north
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 February, 2019, 8:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 February, 2019, 8:02am

I am writing in response to your report, “Why most local youths have no interest in working across border” (January 26), which said that fewer than a quarter of Hong Kong youngsters are willing to seek a career in Guangdong province, just across the Shenzhen River, and even fewer aim to study there.

The three main reasons cited were lack of personal connections, unfamiliarity with the working environment on the mainland and separation from family. It was also stated that local youngsters who have experience of life on the mainland are more willing to work across the border.

I think most local youngsters do not have a deep understanding of the mainland, and do not see beyond the stereotypical image of China and their less than positive impression of its society and politics.

This is why many local youths do not wish to work across the border. The Hong Kong authorities should acquaint local youths with China, so they have a better understanding of life across the border and stop misunderstanding the country.

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Apart from this, once the “Greater Bay Area” becomes fully functional, I believe that transport links between the nine cities and two Special Administrative Regions will become even more seamless and convenient. So, even if local youths work across the border, they will not find it difficult to come home and spend time with their family every day. Therefore, separation from family will surely not remain as big an obstacle to working across the border.

As for unfamiliarity with the working environment and the lack of personal connections, I think these two reasons are just an excuse for them not to work across the border. I believe that, with a little perseverance, problems can be overcome and success achieved.

Bethany Lee, Kwai Chung