Stephanie Liu Han, a mainland-born HKU graduate living in Hong Kong, died on Tuesday after being hit by a truck. The story is a tragedy in and of itself, but asshole internet commenters, enraged at anything with the word “mainland” in it, have taken it upon themselves to make the situation even worse.
Hong Kong/China animosity is nothing new, but the responses to Liu’s death have really ratcheted-up the levels of intolerence, as South China Morning Post excerpted:
“Hongkongers have lost their sympathy [for Liu], but they made us feel that way,” said the post, which received 142 “likes” and 100 comments, most of which expressed negative feelings towards mainlanders.
“Truck driver, you’ve done a good job,” one reader commented, who was rebuked by others who criticised the commentator for lack of compassion.
“What the Chinese people did in Hong Kong made every Hongkonger angry,” said one post on a Facebook page called “Refusing the mainlandisation of Hong Kong”, which had almost 9,000 followers, the day after Liu’s accident.
“I can only say it is indeed a tragedy, but compassion can’t make us ignore the fact that she came to Hong Kong to grab our education resources since she was not a permanent resident. Hope her family pays for the hospital fee; otherwise, it’s not fair to us taxpayers,” wrote “Sai Cheung”, another participant in the discussion.
“Actually, she is really lucky. If this had happened in the mainland, she would be dead already. At least in Hong Kong, she will be taken to the ICU!”, said a post under the name of “Rose Rosita”, which received 24 “likes”.
Plenty of commenters, of course, expressed the kind of sympathy and compassion that would be expected by human beings.
[Image on Facebook via South China Morning Post]