Cantonese Dreams, Global Digital Voices

By Chris Panell
“That will never happen, Mr. Panell.”

We had been discussing the year 2047, the date for Hong Kong to be “fully integrated” into mainland China. My Year 8 students, here at an international school in the New Territories, just south of the border with the People’s Republic, are insistent that this integration will never take place.

Class members become quite heated in their objections to assimilation. “There are too many of us to control.” “We’re too far away from Beijing.” “Hong Kong is too important . . .

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