Hong Kong News Written by Hong Kong People

It’s ridiculous how underrepresented and misrepresented Hong Kong people are in Western media. Sure, Hong Kong is no longer a British colony and is politically a “special administrative region” of the People’s Republic of China, but just because people come to have a new political identity doesn’t mean that their views will likewise change to that of people in the state.

I don’t know how Germans felt when Germany was reunified, but anyhow, many Hong Kong people fled before 1997, fearing communist repression and many who stayed aren’t feeling the love or oneness that they supposedly should. It’s a bit different when you’re “returning” after about 100 years and when the state that you’re “returning” to evidently represses individual freedoms more than the state you formerly belonged to did.

It’s unfortunate that many seemingly credible news sites out there that talk about Hong Kong events seem to only translate news from sites like Sina and Weibo that are not at all used by Hong Kong people.

But enough with my angry ranting mood.

In general, it seems that Hong Kong people will mainly rant and vent their anger concerning current events on Hong Kong forums and Facebook, often writing out thoughts in Cantonese (as opposed to Standard Chinese). And although they are so underrepresented and misrepresented by Western media, perhaps they do not feel comfortable writing comments in or translating their thoughts into English, or just do not know how much it could help if they wrote in English.

But luckily, there are a few sites that translate Hong Kong news and comments into English. And while they freely demonstrate a bias towards Hong Kong as it seems there are no legitimate English news sites that will translate Hong Kong news and comments, they are very helpful in understanding often-overlooked current issues in Hong Kong and Hong Kong people’s perspectives on them. Although at times I feel the stances the authors adopt are too radical, they have very much allowed me to know of and better understand Hong Kong happenings from some Hong Kong perspectives.





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