What about Macau?
Do you guys there consider Hong Kong and Macau countries?
@dantetheexplorer That is an excellent question, and currently very topical. If you'd asked me a few years ago, I'd have said no. My experience in Hong Kong was that the people there considered themselves to be Chinese, albeit of a greater level of sophistication than the inhabitants of the PRC. Indeed, in the colonial years, various working class estates in Hong Kong were plastered with the flag of the Republic of China, as presently used in Taiwan, so there was definitely a strong identification with China, if not with the PRC. However, more recently, I've become less certain of this. I think the influx in recent years of mainland Chinese, especially those who do not speak Cantonese, into Hong Kong, has perhaps made the Hong Kong locals more aware of their differences to the mainlanders, to the extent that some are now primarily identifying as Hong Kongers, and not Chinese. Obviously, it's fairly easy for people to identify with something that they're not all that familiar with, and the reality can sometimes be somewhat disenchanting. I do think there's something happening in Hong Kong, as we speak, that might be the emergence of a new national identity, though...
It is indeed very pertinent. I addressed some of your thoughts in my own reply to this question.
I just remembered - I have a good friend, who is a native HK'er but who also spent a good deal of her early years living in Shanghai, and she has often reminisced about how friendly, genial, and helpful the locals were. From what I've observed, she, unlike many HK'ers who, like you say, have only known China as some distant, elusive elder brother, is taking a more nuanced, and more comprehensive, view of the current situation, as, like myself, she can see and has lived, on both sides of the "fence".
It's actually from left to right, only very very old book and things like that are written from top to bottom in Korea.
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I think almost all Asian countries like rice haha!