Hong Kong Protests Spread to U.S. Colleges, and a Rift Grows

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By Emma Goldberg Published Oct. 26, 2019Updated Oct. 27, 2019

A student who attended protests in Hong Kong spoke at the University of California, Davis, this month. The conflict is spilling onto campuses across the U.S., highlighting rising tensions between students.
A student who attended protests in Hong Kong spoke at the University of California, Davis, this month. The conflict is spilling onto campuses across the U.S., highlighting rising tensions between students. Jim Wilson/The New York Times

For much of the year, Frances Hui followed the Hong Kong demonstrations from her dorm room at Emerson College, feeling guilty that she was safe in Boston while clashes grew increasingly violent for her fellow Hong Kongers. Students from mainland China, she said, confronted her with expletives and lewd gestures. Earlier, a classmate posted an op-ed she had written, titled “I Am From Hong Kong, Not China,” along with a Facebook comment: “Whomever opposes my greatest China, no matter how far they are, must be executed.”

“It’s like the mainland is the conventional Asian parent who thinks everything must be controlled and dictated by the parent’s rules,” Mr. Zou said. “Hong Kong is like the rebellious punk kid who ran away from home. Now Hong Kong has matured and it’s this nightmare scenario for a mature adult state to be forced to live with its parents.”

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Source: The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/26/us/hong-kong-protests-colleges.html

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