This study leaves me with questions about it’s accuracy.
We are told by the government that the population of Chinese students here in Australia is 400,000 plus this study quotes half that number yet makes no mention of why the huge difference?
No mention that this generation of mainland Chinese has never experienced anything other than an economic boom of no less than 6% growth, a shrinking in poverty and the once opportunity gap between rural and urban China. There has been a massive increase in freedoms never experienced previously before. So a strong sympathy shouldn’t be unexpected for it’s government. Nor should the anger felt when western media portrays them in ways they don’t experience as students or tourists let loose on the world. Meanwhile Australia is currently experiencing the reverse.
Australians are grinners when winners and readily proud. Are the Chinese not meant to feel the same? To suggest the Chinese are mentally bound simply by a moral and restrictive mindset foisted on them seems to reflect more on the narrowness of the researchers to want to establish some significant correlation between Chinese Civics, History taught in schools which makes the ultimate difference between HK students and Chinese mainland students.
The riots in HK began over an extradition law which was revoked. The current and continued riots have however have been transformed into something much different with foriegn influence involved. It’s not difficult to guess whose footprint is the biggest and who wants to make China look bad in the eyes of the western press and the world.
I doubt if and when peer- reviewed this study’s methodology and it’s narrow context will recieve anything but criticism of it’s bias to prove what’s a univeral norm and generational bias “sympathy for one’s country’s culture whether HK,China,Aus, USA and particularly in times of an economic boom. (ODT)
The protests in Hong Kong have led to some open clashes here in Australia between students from mainland China and others from Hong Kong.
There were angry scenes between pro-China and pro-Hong Kong groups in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as at universities in Brisbane and Adelaide.
These clashes are troubling for the Australian university sector, which enrols 182,555 mainland Chinese and 11,822 Hongkongers as international students at various educational institutions.
Our research suggests differences in the curriculum studied by mainland Chinese and Hong Kong students may help to explain the beliefs underpinning the protest movements.