From the official immigration figures, we can see that the surging of Chinese mainland immigrants to Canada started as early as 1990 and reached a consistent figure of more than 30,000 every year since the year 2000. At the same time, immigrants from Hong Kong dwindled to less than 1000 per year over the last two decades. For the earlier articles on this subject, click here: http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/670651
Another figure we must examine is the number of Hong Kong immigrants who returned to live there. That official figure is 300,000 or 16% of all permanent residents to Canada who claim a Chinese Heritage. It is therefore easy to deduce that Mainland Chinese population with permanent residency in Canada caught up to the rest of the people with Chinese heritage over the last decade.
It is natural that those diasporas (Non Mainland Chinese) feel threatened. From their perspective, Pu Tong Hua speaking people now enter their social circles and daily lives. As I observed, a vast majority of the Mainlanders refrain from speaking English in public and expect all other Chinese looking people to speak Pu Tong Hua. I remember having to practice my very poor Pu Tong Hua at the seafood departments with the staff or some Chinese restaurants in order to get services. Frankly, I cannot see how I can be mistaken as a Mainlander!
Many of the Mainlanders are also jumping the queue at the banks and Supermarket line-ups. They like to speak loudly in public. Simple behaviours like wasting food by over ordering and not bagging them home upon departures from restaurants would irk most other environmentally sensitive Canadians. Of course, taking advantage of the generous “Merchandise return” systems and government social benefit programs are also frowned upon by other citizens.
Over the last two years, Hong Kong residents demand the proper implementation of the “One Country, two systems” treaty signed between the Chinese government and the United Kingdom. Overseas parades and demonstrations supported their causes. These activities also draw out the “little pinks” or patriotic mainland youths to confront the movement on the internet and on the streets. Their unruly and destructive behaviours create a negative profile for the entire Canadian “Chinese” population.
Canadians cannot readily identify Chinese mainlanders from the other Chinese diasporas. Everyone who is Chinese looking is therefore identified with the same broad-brush. When names are identified in criminal cases in the newspapers, the entire “Chinese population” takes the blame. For those diasporas who are not from the mainland, they will read the last names first and murmur under their breath: “another mainland criminal, again”.
I also noticed that while we do not have statistics on the country of origins of criminals in Canada, the most gruesome murders and kidnappings involving Chinese people always seem to be committed by mainlanders; as with many of the disproportionate share of financial crimes committed within the Chinese community over the last two decades.
It does not help much when the pro-China organizations continue to make claims that they are representing “ALL Chinese” whenever they need to show their patriotic support by echoing the periodic propaganda from China. These examples can be the beating down on Japan by referring to the Nanjing massacre during the Second world War, or the condemnation of local activists supporting the Hong Kongers for their demands for proper implementation of the “One country, two systems” declarations signed between China and the United Kingdom.
So what be done to change the antagonistic stance between the two groups of “Chinese” people? Sadly, the cards are all with the Mainland Chinese people. Until they realize the conditions and change their current behaviours there will be no cure. Mean time, I have seen more identification distinguishing tags and markers showing up on luggage and items declaring one as “Hong Kongers” or “I am not from China”. Shouldn't Mainlanders take a serious reflection on why this is happening?
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