Yesterday, we saw a full-page advertisement in Apple Daily Hong Kong that has raised tensions between Hong Kongers and mainlanders to a fever pitch. The truth is, “anti-locust” sentiment had been simmering below the surface for a long while in the city, way before the recent Dolce & Gabbanna protests and the Kong Qingdong hoopla. The swarming, migratory insect has been used as a label for the people from the mainland that have come to crowd the streets of Hong Kong and are perceived to deplete the scarce resources of the city, leaving poorer locals to fall through the cracks. Last year, the above song “Locust World” went viral in Hong Kong as its lyrics struck a chord with what locals felt they’ve had to put up with in the onslaught of a “mainland invasion”. It’s now available with English subtitles thanks to Youtuber iloathelilyallen.