Michiganders in Hong Kong – a report from the frenetic Far East

Sep 4, 2019 by

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East Lansing’s Dan Casey Dunn, an education consultant who studied at Michigan State University and now lives in Hong Kong, wants his parents Nan and Jim back in Lansing not to worry about him.

“There are pockets of protests and some police issues, but those areas are easy to recognize in advance. I have taken part in some of the more peaceful marches but have avoided the more rambunctious protesters,” he told me via phone.

Tom Watkins, adviser to the Michigan-China Initiative, explained on why 1.7 million people – 25% of Hong Kong’s total population – have been taking to the streets and crowding the airport. “Forceful police responses to the original political protests have driven some of the fervor but there is, at the base, a great deal of worry that Hong Kong’s freedoms are being eroded by the Chinese government,” said Watkins, who travels frequently to both Hong Kong and mainline China. “Hong Kong is an autonomous territory but it is part of China: it is one country with two systems. It was controlled by the British for over 100 years and handed back to China in 1997.”

Charlotte Harris, a Hong Kong-based Virtuoso network travel adviser, who is half English and half Chinese, said, “The British influence is still felt in Hong Kong in some ways. For instance we still have streets signs like Gloucester Rd…but we also see Chinese influence.” Harris was in the United States to promote travel to Hong Kong and said she will continue to live there for the foreseeable future. “I am a Hong Konger.”

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