4th February, 2015
Chinese Netizens Supports CCP Member to Run for HKU Students’ Union, Calls for Violently Boycott Hongkongers
Since Eugenia Ye* Lushan, the proposed social secretary of the “Smarties” (one of the groups running for the Hong Kong University Students’ Union [HKUSU] election), was found to be an elite member of the Communist Youth League, many raised their concern over China Communist Party’s penetrations in the academic space, especially after news reports about the CCP’s United Front has been actively approaching students unions and student organisations (including Hong Kong Federations of Students) in order to influence their actions, which is being seen as China is speeding up the sinification of Hong Kong. The news of Hong Kong students questioning Ye’s membership in the Chinese Communist Party spread to China rapidly. After Global Times, one of the CCP’s mouthpieces, published an article providing Ye their unconditional support, WeiBo (China’s version of Twitter as Twitter is banned in China) was flooded with netizens’ comments supporting Ye.
Some Chinese netizens gave Ye encouragement by saying that if she can win in the election, she can “show it to the Hongkongers”. The vast majority of netizen comments, however, were aggressive attack on Hongkongers. Many said that Hong Kong students are too full of themselves, and all Hongkongers are animals as they “forget their roots (being ethnic Chinese)”. Some suggested that China should stop supplying water and food to Hong Kong to teach Hongkongers a lesson, and some said Hongkongers should move to the UK if they don’t want to be Chinese.**
The comments above were considered mild when one goes through more of them. Some radical netizens advocated to teach Hongkongers “a lesson”: they suggest revoking the One-Country Two-Systems policy, some believe that “violently boycott ” Hongkongers is necessary. These netizens also advised the Chinese government to prepare for a “full-scale takeover” of Hong Kong.
* “Ye” is the Chinese spelling of the surname “Yip”, and Eugenia Ye changed her surname to “Yip” in all promotional materials within the campus.
** Both the Chinese online community and government rhetoric, the prevalent view is that Hong Kong’s very existence lies upon China’s support, while Hongkongers are ungrateful for support China gave to Hong Kong for free – a typical example Chinese would raise when commenting on Hongkongers’ “ungratefulness” is China sells food and water to Hong Kong, which should logically be seen as ordinary trade rather than favours.