Two days ago, an email from the City University of Hong Kong asking local part-time master students not to compete with non-local full-time students for courses was circulated on Facebook. The school has confirmed that the email is genuine. Netizens feel that Hongkongers have became second-class citizens in Hong Kong.
Lau: Everybody knows that most of the so-called “overseas” students of the City University are Mainland Chinese students.
Chang: They want Hong Kong local students to “make way for” the so called “overseas” students (i.e., majority are Mainland Chinese students) when choosing courses, are they “City University of Hong Kong” or “City University of Mainland China”?
Kursk Edward: Assume that this email is genuine, it is really hard to understand. Both part-time and overseas students have paid their tuition fees. (I don’t use Mainland Chinese students to label them, because there are really several percents of overseas students.) It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that courses match with degrees’ requirements. Besides, those who had studied part-time master degree know that it is exhausting to go to school after work. Overseas students feel exhausted, so do part time students. The difficulties part-time students encounter are generally more than that of full-time students. How can the school ask for “understanding” from part-time students?
無: Local part-time students are permitted to study degrees, why does the school persuade them to extend their studying times? It is exhausting to study part-time, and the school even delays their graduations. Doubtless, it will increase burdens of students. Besides, the aim of this act is to yield to the so-called overseas student (the main source is from Mainland China) so that many seats can be emptied for profit gaining. It is unfair to local students. Also, we can see the selfishness of programme creators, who turn the school to become a diploma mill.
Chan: If this is real, it is very crazy…Every country or city strives to get as many rights as possible for local residents. Unfortunately, in this so called the pearl of the orient, people love yielding to others? Do they know shame?
Au: Not only City University but also Baptist University is like that. Chinese major clearly states that no Hongkonger is allowed to be a research student. Even if you knew how to fly, it would be useless.
Chan: WTF! I can’t stop myself from cursing. If Hong Kong local university students don’t rebel, all their jobs and welfare are deserved to be robbed by Chinese. This is the price of being indifferent to politics.
Wong: Pathetic. It is hard for Hongkongers to get (tertiary) education. Now, basically, Mainland Chinese are all powerful…Why do we have to yield to Mainlanders…
Lee: University quotas in Hong Kong are already lacking. Universities should give priorities to local students. Hong Kong students are in their home field. Mainland Chinese students are only invaders.
Wong: Present Hong Kong is more “colonialistic” than the colonial era!
Chan: It is so helpless. Each day is getting worse. Hongkongers have to make way for Mainlanders. After September 1st, there will be more Individual Visit Scheme tourists. They will cause inflation. The life of Hongkongers will even be more miserable.
Lee: Chinks in Hong Kong are first class. Local Hongkongers are just second class. Understand?
Leung: Hongkongers have already lost their status, have no existence values. They are serving adoptive mothers and fathers like beggars. When I think of this, I am heartbroken!