By Erik Crouch
Following in the long tradition of Hong Kong TV shows’ offensive depictions of mainlanders, the new drama ‘Inbound Troubles’ has played the “dirty China” card expertly. The show follows the story of two cousins, one from Hong Kong, the other from mainland China, and focuses on the former’s wealth and the latter’s, well…
In the show, the cousin from mainland China is shown littering, running red lights and parking illegally, while the one from Hong Kong makes his living with a travel agency that specializes in encouraging new arrivals from the mainland to part with more of their cash.
[…] “I have a few bad experiences with mainlanders — most of them have to do with them jumping queues or being rude,” said Tai Wing-yi, a student at Hong Kong Baptist University.
The above sentiments, from a New York Times review of the new show, is part of the reason why Chinese censors were initially hesitant about airing ‘Inbound Troubles’ in the mainland. Censors initially blocked the show’s previews, but let the actual series play out on TV. They did, of course, cut out scenes of Hong Kongers protesting. After last month’s epic Cloud Atlas censorship, however, it looks like ‘Inbound Troubles’ escaped relatively unscathed.