A video of a Mainland Chinese girl being scolded by locals for eating noodles on a Hong Kong subway train last week has gone viral, bringing attention to mounting cultural tensions between Mainlanders and Hong Kongers.
The incident highlights what some say is a growing culture clash between Mainland Chinese and residents of Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997. Comments by a controversial Peking University professor have only intensified the tensions, according to the Taipei Times.
Kong Qiandong (孔慶東) called Hong Kongers "bastards," "dogs," and "cheats" during an interview aired on v1.cn after the subway spat, according to the newspaper report. He also said, "Everybody should have a duty to speak Mandarin." Cantonese is spoken in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong though many residents can understand Mandarin Chinese.
The professor's comments led to protests outside Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong and his insensitive remarks are likely to only make relations frostier between Mainland Chinese and Hong Kongers.