There is another possible answer to your question China experienced a major civil war between December 1850 and August 1864. It is known as the Taiping Rebellion or Taiping Uprising. Two major slogans of this Uprising were “Resist Foreign Powers” and “Rid Internal Traitors.” So its targets were the foreign exploiting powers who were squeezing more and more unequal treaties from China, and the Qing government who wasn’t doing much or capable of doing much to resist the foreign exploitation. It was a major civil war during which more than 20 million people were killed, including a lot of foreigners. I don’t know how much the uprising/rebellion affected Hong Kong, but it was very serious and widespread in Southern and Southwestern China.
Perhaps there are some readers who can shed some light on this issue.
Sorry to have missed the 55th reunion, but as I had conveyed earlier, JoAnne and I were in France, Luxembourg and Belgium at the time. There were three objective of our travels, 1.) to visit the battlefields and memorials of where my uncle fought with the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, 2.) connect with my ancestors on my mother’s side of the family in a small village in Luxembourg, and 3.) have JoAnne, an experienced art and European history expert, guide this ignorant engineer through the treasures of northern France, Belgium and Luxembourg. All three objectives were accomplished and I now have “boots on the ground” confirmation for completing my second novel of my uncle’s military experience, have e-mail and personal contact with my Luxembourg relatives and have grown in appreciation of European history and art.
I appreciated your insights and reflection of “growing up” in America as a new immigrant. What you have conveyed is very well stated and incisively accurate. One of the more humorous memories of being on a survey crew with Harry Harper, USFS, was lunch time entertainment of busting up old, decayed stumps with an axe to see what creatures would emerge, only to have two or three field mice claw/crawl up my leg towards the nut sack! After dropping trousers and jumping around like a crazy man to the enjoyment of fellow surveyors, did the excitement end.
With respect to discrimination and bullying–I believe they are the same. I am not making any defense of this deplorable human behavior, but here is different trenchant perspective, disregarding political correctness. Human kind, ever since we were all “knuckle draggers” have been wary of any others outside of our tribe–going to the extreme of killing them. This barbaric trait is well documented throughout pre-historic and historic time. How does one go about changing a “genetic” trait that is as fundamental as our ability to speak, think, and relate to “strangers”? Legislation cannot solve this corundum, but Jesus did 2,000 plus years ago. Follow what Jesus said and taught and discrimination and hatred will die.]]>