Cultural Gap Between People From Mainland China And Hong Kongers

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The increasing threat to Hong Kong’s autonomy and consequently rising nationalism represent serious dangers to the success of “One country, two systems.” Rising resentment between people from mainland China and Hong Kongers has created a cleavage that will ultimately result in the arrangement’s inevitable failure. The culture gap between peoples will be a significant contributing factor in this failure. This culture gap, primarily defined by differences in language, development, and ideology will heighten tension and resentment between these two peoples. This tension between mainland China and Hong Kong will lead to greater political, cultural, and ideological animosity. Political interference by mainland China has also served to increase Hong Kongers’ distrust of the Chinese government. Recent events have seen direct threats to Hong Kong’s autonomy, such as forthright intrusion in elections and promotion of an anti-democratization agenda that includes the promotion of Mandarin in schools. In response, resentment in Hong Kong has resulted in rising nationalism and movements that support increased autonomy to full sovereignty. These sentiments are especially prevalent in young people, displayed through numerous demonstrations and protests. Additionally, these common positions suggest that Hong Kongers and Chinese do not share the same national identity. As a result,“ One country, two systems” will inevitably fail. Resentment has developed as a result of significant

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