Sense of tie to mainland strengthened among Hong Kong people

16:17, February 17, 2011      

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According to a newly-released survey, attitudes are changing among Hong Kong residents, who are increasingly identifying with mainland China.

The Hong Kong Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE) released the "Study on Civic Awareness Among Hong Kong Residents," which found that 65 percent of respondents hold that their civic awareness of mainland China has deepened compared to five years ago. And more than 30 percent of the surveyed believe their "Chinese identity" and sense of belonging have been strengthened.

More than 70 percent or participants said that they watched the national promotional film during past year. Nearly half of them consider the promo effective at tightening the connection with the mainland and raising national pride. In 2006, only 30 percent reported similar feelings.

Rock Chen Chung-nin, the caller of the National Education Sub-commission, stressed the importance of the role that civic awareness plays in identity construction.

Around 3,000 Hong Kong residents were surveyed between July and September last year. The survey was aimed at examining the efficiency of every aspect of civic education promotion.

The conductor, the Home Affairs Bureau under the auspices of the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education (CPCE), which is an appointed body by the government on the promotion of civic education, also continues to foster the public's understanding of national affairs through the "National Education Home Page" of its official website at

Other self-organized civic awareness promotion activities include a series of speeches by 50 Hong Kong politicians in Hong Kong's middle schools, which are scheduled to last from March to July this year.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online
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