I liked this part where it turns out that the people of Hong Kong identified with mainland China when under British rule. They may have chafed a bit under British rule and wished to be Chinese ruled. Then they get their wish and eventually find out Chinese (Beijing) rule is not all that it is cracked up to be. In fact, maybe worse than British rule so naturally they now identify less with the mainland. Reminds one to be careful of what you wish for.
Then there is this one where the lament is that the youth are not identifying with mainland China. Of course not, they are identifying with Hong Kong. I'm sure many in Macau feel the same way just as Chinese in Malaysia or Indonesia. Does lead one to conclude that the mainland does want to "refine" the thinking of Hong Kong's youth. Good luck with that.While the vast majority of Hong Kong’s 7 million people are ethnically Chinese, surveys show that bonds of shared identity with the rest of China have grown weaker, not stronger, since Britain pulled out in 1997. According to a poll released this summer by Hong Kong University, Hong Kongers have less trust in the central government in Beijing than at any time since China regained sovereignty.
Last, talk about over the top...In an editorial Tuesday, Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper controlled by the party, said students opposed to the classes are part of a “plot by Western anti-China, anti-Communist forces” to “separate Hong Kong youth from their nation and from identification with their country.”
Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Hong Kong’s former justice secretary and a leading pro-Beijing figure, voiced support for the national education courses, which are to start this year in some schools but will not become mandatory for three more years. She told local media that the protesters’ tactics risk pushing Hong Kong into a “state of anarchy.”