First of all, let’s review the MTR incident. Here’s the narrated news clip.
According to the Oriental Daily,
Hongkogner’s resentment towards Mainlander continues to escalate. A small conflict can become violent verbal war any time. The day before yesterday, a video titled with “Verbal War on Train Hongkonger vs Mainlander” was shared on YouTube. In the video, “Mr Hong Kong” was unhappy that a Mainland mother and her children were eating dried noodle in the train compartment and the dregs of it were all over the floor. Therefore, he came up and stopped them from eating. The Mainland woman and her friend rebuked. Hongkonger passers-by also joined in and it became a Hong-Kong-China verbal war.
Reactions of Hong Kong netizen from the above report
Most netizen criticised that Mainlander don’t have civic-conscious and praised “Mr Hong Kong” . Netizen BlingCar33 said, “Since we always keep silent, locusts now bully and trample on us.”
“Mr Hong Kong” wrote a response titled “To ‘Hongkonger vs Mainlander Verbal War’” through Facebook on Jan 16th.
The incident happened on the day before yesterday (15/1/2012). I started getting inquires from everyone around me yesterday. And now I saw my face on the front page of newspaper. Ha! I had never thought it would be like that. All I can say to you — I only did what I wanted and should do . I had never thought that the whole incident was filmed and then got the attention from the media.
Many friends asked me about the course of the incident. Perhaps, let me explain everything in here.
On that day, me and my girlfriend got on the train from Hung Hom. The two rows near me were full — an adult and three children on one side, and three adults with their luggage on another side. I did not pay attention to them. Later, I saw that mother was putting dried noodle on the hand of one child who was next to her and the other two girls were holding a bag of candy. Then, the child who was holding dried noodle with two hands accidentally spilled it all over the body and the floor. I therefore pointed to the sign “Eating and Drinking Not Allowed “and spoke in my not very fluent Mandarin, “Excuse me, eating is not allowed in here.” And all I got was unpleasant sound. The mother said it was just kid eating and asked why did I care. I told her that I saw you also putting dried noodle in your mouth. “You also eat in here”. Well, I expected that I would got no results. However, at that time, her friends on the opposite row laughed and said, “They (Hongkonger) said it (Mandarin) really bad. I got really angry and then replied in Cantonese, “Yes, my Mandarin is bad. However, this is the home of Hongkonger. You (should) speak Cantonese with me. ” They still could not stop arguing with me. At that time, a brave man shouted, “Shut up! So noisy! Continue to eat, OK? You are at fault but still try to argue back. Do you need the help of staffs? ” While they were still shouting, that man pressed emergency button at Mong Kok East station. When the staffs came, I was the first to step off the train and waved to them. For the aftermaths, you have seen them all on YouTube.
Staffs of Kowloon Tong Station asked all of us to leave the compartment and then separated us into two groups. After understanding the incident, the staffs let us go and said they would give the party in fault warning. So, that’s the whole incident! When I got on another train, I still saw them being surrounded by staffs.
Fortunately, there was such a brave man! These two days, my friends could not stop praising me as hero and idol. Anyway, I just did what I should do. And I have no intention to offend Mainlander. As for my “Mainlander is like that” statement, if this brings any inconvenience to you, I apologise in here. This is just an one-time incident. I don’t want to lead the anti anything sentiment. Thank you very much!
It was so so lucky that I had not use obscenity in here, otherwise, the whole thing would be totally different.
Please spread my message!
Both the narrated news clips from Hong Kong Apple Daily and the raw videos was spread to Mainland China through Weibo, Chinese Twitter, and this incident stirred anti Hong Kong sentiment in China.
Bat-M: Arrogant Hongkonger, Mainlander expresses that the pressure is very great. That person is wrong. However, do you have to treat Mainlander like that? What you said is right but your discrimination towards Mainlander is wrong. (*This is written in Cantonese and by Mainland Cantonese)
Strong Country (China) Netizen Boycott Hong Kong Tour
The discussion of MTR’s Hong Kong-China verbal war was pretty much died down yesterday in Hong Kong. However, the news was spread to China and created big responses. Of course, they help their own people. In a day or two, microblogs of Apple Action News on this incident garnered over 3000 comments, all condemned “Kong Chaan” (a derogatory name of Hongkonger).
Revenge for Hong Kong-China Verbal War
- Shenzhen netizen Ah-To: That sounds like as if Hongkonger were very civilised in Shenzhen. Just a kid eating, why so serious?
- Guangzhou netizen King’s Daughter: Spitting on street fines 600. Trashing rubbish on the street fines another 600. I don’t know when Hongkonger collect (*I think she mistyped. I guess it is “pay”) these fines, how hurtful are they? She violates the rule and (you should just) report her. Why (do you) open your mouth and hurt the world?
The discussion of Mainland netizen is of excellent quality. For whatever reason, some even brought up the sensitive “One China One Taiwan” issue.
- Guangzhou Netizen One-Wave_Mr Spring: Go eat banana! Just too smart! Hong Kong is no match of Taiwan. Hong Kong belong to China and Taiwan doesn’t. Therefore, only Taiwanese can call us “Mainlander”. Hongkonger is not allowed to use that!”
(*All of the comments above are written in Cantonese)
This incident has already united the power of Strong Country people (Mainland Chinese).
- Guangzhou netizen Gavin-On Ki even tried to recruit people to revenge: It’s sad hearing this. (*I guess is “Mainlander is like that”) Well, (we are going to see) the wave of anti Hong Kong. Mainlander don’t visit Hong Kong for a month! Let’s see how can they survive! Rice-Congee is for them! (*Rice-congee is for poor people)
The emotion in Weibo is so high. Strong Country people all bomb Hongkonger.
Reaction from Hong Kong side
First: Yes! If they don’t f**king go to Hong Kong to buy baby milk powder, I bet their children can’t survive to the age of three. Every baby is going to be a bighead.
Second: (extremely happy icons)
Third: Don’t come here forever. One month is too short!
****In Depth Review of Kong Qingdong’s Comment @ here****
Kong Qingdong’s commentary has just been deleted by Youtube.