How China is Destroying Hong Kong’s Freedom – Real China Interviews


Matthew: In 1997, the British colony of Hong
Kong was handed back to China. However, the agreement was that, for the next 50 years,
Hong Kong would remain a free territory with its own economy, laws, freedoms, language,
and way of life in general. However, the Chinese government has made it quite clear these days
that a free Hong Kong is not something it’s going to tolerate and has slowly been dismantling
the democratic system of this microstate. Sure, there’s still a border and Chinese people
still need a visa to get into Hong Kong, but with loosening restrictions and government
planted disruptors and protests being quashed and the realization
that the outside world can’t really do anything to intervene, the general feeling and opinion
amongst normal Hong Kongers is that they’re going to be a de-facto part of Chinese Communist
Party rule much sooner than 2047. I asked former reporter and my cousin Wing to join
me in a hidden underground restaurant to chat about what’s actually going on.
Wing: Actually, things are getting…I can’t say it’s worse but it’s still the same because
price is always high, and then also for the real estate and the young people can never
get our house, like for me. Even how hard you work, you can never get enough money to
buy a house for your own life and you always have to stay with your parents. Like, for
my home, I only live in a little rank higher public estate, kind of public estate but has
a higher rank. It cost for a market price four to five million. It’s just normal for
a normal house…apartment but not so big. Bachelor degrees, 13K to 15K for
fresh graduate. Yeah. Yeah, of course. Even if they can have a house to move out, it is
because their parents help them a lot. It’s so where that they can afford their own apartment
by themselves. I think if the people…because the investment in real estate from overseas
or from mainland, it’s not going to stop, so the situation is still the same. Many of
the young people, they only focus on the public estate, public housing. We only depends on
this because even for the public housing, we still are really hard to avoid them. Now
people…some of the protests are made by arose by the young people,
but now seems like young people, part of them become more radical, part of them become more
cold to this political situation because they think that even…no matter what they do,
they can’t still…cannot change the situation. So, they just leave it and then keep going
on living again. Just seems like nothing happened. Not completely go away. I mean, some part
of them is to insist on this and some of them become radical, but some of them just…I
mean, the majority feel, like, hopeless and powerless, at least for me. For me, for my
own age, I know that we do have the freedom to have the party or
freedom of speech, that kind of thing, but I don’t know that government becomes so…they’re
really scared of some coward and then they try to do something but they cannot
do it really obvious at a past…in the past, but now seems like they can. I don’t know
where they got the courage and power to do this. Seems like they don’t care about what
Hong Kong people think. Of course, of course. We know that but we cannot do anything, and
now there’s a news come up that the vaccine in mainland, although, for me, it’s not a
news. It’s…because it happened before already, about the fake vaccine, or the poison vaccine,
that make the children in mainland suffer. They got a huge serious health problem.
I really sad to hear about that. I actually am pathetic [sympathetic] to them because
they live in a country that they cannot have some safe vaccine for their children. It’s
for young kids but not for the adult, and at once I really don’t like that that’s so
much people rush into Hong Kong but, on the other hand, I also very pathetic to them because
they can only protect their own basic health for their family. So, I think it’s really
sad and pathetic to them. I don’t know. Seems like Hong Kong people have become…in the
past, they are always so cool and cold to what others do. For me, even for a Hong Kong
people, I think that some of the Hong Kong people are really cold to others, but I still
think they are part of the Hong Kong people. They really hope something can improved or
it get better, but we really lack of some power or, I don’t know, maybe knowledge or
support to make things change. Yeah. So, it’s really struggle. Yeah, a big struggle.
Matthew: In my interview with Wing, I noticed a palpable change of what she was comfortable
talking about compared with previous chats. We’re going to get on, like, a more sensitive
topic, like about crime. Have you seen a difference in, like, crime rates or even stuff that you’ve
heard about? Like, what’s the rumors that go around Hong Kong about mainland China?
Wing: There are crimes everywhere. Every time you come back, you’ve got to…you must
be get robbed or cheated, and so that’s why my friend is so afraid that when I say, I’m
going to go back to mainland, she’s like, what, what are you doing?
Matthew: Right. But you don’t…you’ve kind of gotten used to…you’re not really
afraid of being here anymore. Wing: Yeah, because every time I come back,
I just become…I don’t know, I would become so, like, fighting mode.
Matthew: I was saying, like, what if I got you a job opportunity and you made okay money
and living cost is cheaper here, right, would you be able to put up with mainland Chain
and live here? Wing: No.
Matthew: No. Wing: Still no.
Matthew: Still no. Wing: I mean, I feel like no hope here. Sorry
to say that. Matthew: No. It’s fine, it’s fine. Even
when talking to my friends in Hong Kong, they were much more careful about what they were
saying compared to just one year ago. The tension is real and fewer and fewer people
seem to be confident that the freedoms that they were once used to are going to continue
into the future. There seems to be a massive disconnect with the mentalities of Hong Kongers
and mainland Chinese people. Mainland Chinese citizens seem to not only be used to but almost
accepting of one-party rule due to its history with a top-down government simply changing
its name over time whereas, in Hong Kong, the dissolution of democracy has been an abrupt
change and one not welcome to a territory that has typically enjoyed some of the highest
levels of freedom in the world. Wing: Yeah.
Matthew: Vivi, get out of her country. Wing, why are we in a dungeon right now? Underground.
Wing: My brother recommend that. Matthew: It was very good actually. It was
quite good. Wouldn’t you agree? It was really nice, and maybe you could explain what it
was. What did we just eat? Vivi: We just ate some slop.
Matthew: But it was good slop. Vivi: Slop looking with a tomato, and then
some beef and some noodle. It was really simple but actually taste…it’s
like a comfort food. Matthew: Cool. If you enjoyed this video and
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100 thoughts on “How China is Destroying Hong Kong’s Freedom – Real China Interviews

  • How can I send you guys a private message? Had an argument with my wife and would like to know if Viv stayed in bed for 6 months after pregnancy? … it’s Chinese tradition. 🙂

  • So sad that HK has never been democratic and free even before returned to China and its eye-watering house price has nothing to do with CCP or mainland,LOL. Things have always been like this and the only difference is that HK is not as important as it once was to China and the world.

  • That's all well and good for C-milk move to USA but what about Wing? (sorry if I spell her name wrong) She live in HK? And what about Vivi family still in China. Are they safe?

  • You should read some books before putting out this kind of stupid videos! China has tried so called democratic system back in 1906!Qing dynasty tried constitutional monarchy in 1908! It’s all failed! Did you and this woman know that HK people has no voting rights during the British colony? Did you and this smart woman know that HK law enforcement was so corrupted during the British ruling time? So who is really ruining the freedom? Who is really bring all the Chinese together as one country? Not democracy, not constitutional monarchies! It is communist, the communist party helped China stand up and relief so much poverty! I am Chinese ,I am not communist, but I live abroad, I read books, I learn the history, no single one system is proved to be perfect, I am so proud to be Chinese, I love my country, everything has pros and cons, why do you always focus on the downside of China? You married to Chinese woman, living in China, earn the money in China, and yet you making such shortsighted videos that actually misguided a lot of people around the world! If you had so much agony being living in my country, why don’t you move out? Respect the culture , people and the country where you stay! You just make yourself so small and time will tell how wrong and pathetic you are.

  • And that's why the U.S. has guns. To overthrow a tyrannical government. I love the Chinese people, have been there many times and have been treated with hospitality each and every time, but I absolutely hate their government.

  • Wing is so fine, no disrespect intended but oh my goodness, she is so cute! Completely off topic, i do appreciate the knowledge and message as well. Love this channel!

  • China is a god-less COMMUNIST STATE. Whoever thought that they were going to just leave Hong Kong alone until 2047 was/Is dreaming. What will happen is probably going to be more of a nightmare. They killed 70-90 MILLION under Mao. I hope it's not that extreme.

  • have you ever considered move back to US where you have a much higher standard of living and most importantly freedom. I really don't understand why you still stay in a place where you are not so comfortable. China is China, it always has a lot of problems which are not going to be solved in the near future. So, you really should go back to US with your family and enjoy our freedom there.

  • Fuck… Hong Kong is much better now then in colonial days when the Fucking Queen calls the shots. Hong Kong people like myself had no say. Colonizing means white KKK ruled. Corruption was nuts. My parents and I grew up in that era.

  • Fuck them young and naive kids in HK. They spoiled, lazy and wants to be spoon fed. Hong Kong was build on my parents generation in the 60s and 70s. Hard working, tough, down to earth grunts that grinded it out. The after 90s born are spoiled "green house grown" brads.

    This young generation have to travel more and see the world.

  • If Ocuppy Central back in 2014 with them violent protesting were in New York instead. What the Fuck would happen to them? Just tear gas? NYPD will come out with rubber pullets and handcuffs. Which they did during occupy wall street.

    Freedom? Fuck that. That's a white man trick. Democracy is hypocrisy. Trump? Hillary won the popular vote in 2016. But not Senates. Lol Trump wins regardless of what Americans have voted for.

    DEMOCRACY IS RIGGED. FREEDOM MEANS IRAQ
    LIBERATE MEANS LIBYA

    U FOOLS…

  • U asking for it white boy. U tainted China where u got your wife and your little stupid YT channel making videos about 🇨🇳 🇨🇳 🇨🇳. Where is the appreciation. And love?

    Want your ass deported? For spying?

  • Hong Kong is the freest place on earth. Freedom of protest N speech (occupy central hands down the best example). Freedom to spit, yell, harass, taunt and literally fight the police all were demonstrated in occupy central 2014. AND FOR FUCK SAKE TO GET AWAY WITH IT. I was jumping off my couch watching TVB news saying those college spoiled brads were getting off Scot-free. Only place on earth where a protester throws human piss at riot police gets caught but walks. Fuck that.

  • You twisted the truth bro about Hong Kong. One fucking interview with a teenage girl from Hong Kong is nothing.

    Fuck your hometown America. 300 mass shootings each year. And u got Trump lol. America is shit.

    How you feel white boy?

  • 欢迎欧美的白人踊跃参与香港的独立战争!这个世界需要你们贡献生命为民主事业!如果不敢,滚吧!

  • I come from Hong Kong. I don't think China is destroying HK freedom.
    Does UK give HK freedom before??? HK have more freedom after 1997.

  • So many Chinese are just like ants. They're completely ignorant to individual thought and do/think whatever the queen (CCP) programs them to think is normal. I guess "normal" is just going around and oppressing people with actual sentience.

  • Send the little bitch in the video to South Central L.A. Let them homies and Essays give her a warm welcoming. Teach her a thing or two lol.. 😂 . Then send her ass to South Africa. That will teach her some Chinese pride and give for some much needed wisdom. May be then she will know Hong Kong China 🇨🇳 is the best place on earth and learn to cherish her heritage and culture and stop being a spoiled little brat.

  • Is democracy really important? or is it just because HK people are used to a democratic system so the subtle change in the political environment is making them uncomfortable?

  • the war between your country (US) and China has made your channel even more toxic. If you looking for bad things, you can find many. In US they can find bad thing as well if you looking for them. for example us is the country spend most on weapons.

  • Ooof, this feels really disturbing and depressing to watch, its like watching such a wonderful thing slowly feel an inevitable feeling of dread

  • 不得不让我骂你傻逼!香港在英国殖民的时候就没有民主,也没有普选,不清楚就不要在这里丢人现眼

  • The end of the communist party is on the horizon. They know it. That's why Xi Jinping made himself ruler for life. That's why the communist party is trying so hard to crack down on everything.

  • It's sort of scary to hear and see how China is focusing all it's resources and energy to build and prepare it's people psychologically by blaming the west for its troubles.

  • I really like and appreciate Wing’s comments, but I can see how she’s self-censoring and afraid of openly expressing her observations and opinions regarding the Mainland tightening the screws on the beautiful people from HK.

    I’m very sad to see her pain, and I noticed the same expression in Vivi’s face. How can I not be moved by this sadness and fear? I hope that the People of Hong Kong will succeed in becoming a part of China with the same freedoms enjoyed in Taiwan. I have been there many times and I have strong affinity for the Province and it’s People. I want to see Wing and her vibrant Spirit once again.

    I hope that my comments are not provocative, but I suspect that for many people that are Mainland China will not like my genuine concern. I express it because none of you can. May Hong Kong retain their freedoms and unique ways forever.

  • 英国在香港的时候香港可没有民主,我觉得是时候把香港的民主收回来了,至于没有民族认同感的,请滚出香港,滚出中国,去美国当二等公民多好。

  • Seems like the british spoiled those hongkong counter revolutionary brats beyond repair. Hongkongers cant possibly understand what hard work and endurance means, compared to the mainlanders. Subtlety isnt weakness, endurance isnt numbness. Long live the mainland, mainland are the true heroes of the revolution

  • Man, you got it totally wrong. There was basically NO freedom during the British rule. How can something non-existent be destroyed?

  • And HK is Chinese territory, what do you mean by saying China will be in control of HK militarily and politically? You know the meaning of territory and sovereignty? China cannot have military in its own territory? Got really disappointed about this channel for talking all of these nonsense.

  • People said TianAnMen square event was evil, I should say that Mr. Deng did great job, without supressing those stupid and brainwashed people, China would be in total messy, poor and weak,with open financial system that can be taken advantage by some powers, with full internet some one can spied us and undermine our development , It's just so interesting.

  • everybody knows china is stealing the world, but it was really stealing big time from hong kong! every year china took more than 200 billion hk dollars(30 billion usd) from hong kong through fake infrastructure projects. thats why china grew so strong so fast. therefore hong kong must be contained not to finance china s evil. empire.

  • Actually I want to ask few questions. What is the core of democracy? Let's say there is one city in China or any other country want to become independent. Under the principle of democracy, who should vote to make the decision? Citizens of the whole country or citizens of that particular city? What if the constitution is against separation any land from the country? Is a lawful government necessarily have to be democratic? Is the national interests and national security more important or individual's rights more important if they can not be equally taking care of at the moment?…..I think these questions are what China dealing with at the moment.

  • They are changing things slowly by the time they have total control it will already have been achieved. Always great to see Wing and Vivi love seeing those girls.

  • Why destroy hong kong I loved hong kong Pepsi ice cream mmm don't and rice and brown thing and meat with short and brown and meat with spike in usa

  • Wow you guys are really brave.. You are so BEAUTIFUL.. Love from USA. YOU AND I CAN CHANGE THIS .. STAY SAFE AND FOCUSED.. I PRAY FOR ALL OF US

  • It's painful to see Hong Kong losing its unique identity and freedom. It seems like we've always either been manipulated by the PRC or the British gov. It's gotten to the point where one could suggest there is an identity crisis. No sense of self and belonging but just pain. In addition, there are some many underlying layers of conflict to be resolved.

  • The China destoryed the Slaves lifestyle with was made by the Britain for Hong Kong , it makes people in Hong Kong lost their peace of mind , and that is why they feeling bad.

  • You are way braver than I would be. I guess HK days of freedom are quickly coming to an end. I suspect it'll basically just be another part of mainland china in the next 20-30 years.
    HK should serve as a good example to Taiwan to never reunite with the mainland until the ccp no longer exist.

  • who pay u for doing this? 你是个纯傻逼,我知道你看的懂中文,所以我还是要说你是一个纯粹的,邪恶的傻逼

  • Why do you even waste time in China??? Oh – you make money off those who are outside China who are against the government. Here is a fact that goes against your last 2 sentences. In the part of the handover it was promised that economic system would last 50 years as would certain civil privileges like the press. But what many like yourself fail to realize is that Beijing always would have the last say on anything that is perceived as a threat to national security. So no – you can't form things like separatist parties in Hong Kong – because that's against national security. Do you truly not understand? Or are you pandering to ethnic Chinese who are simply more western minded?

  • So is this video claiming there is no vaccine or drug scandals in western countries like the US??? SERIOUSLY??? And rumors about crime on the mainland??? This video is pathetic

  • I born in HK and I swear to God , no any problem from here, never seen a china soldier in street after 1997 year , and there no real freedom in any countries.

  • Wont worry of corrosion spreading as source won't last, biggest changes come from mentality and globalisation sims ever growing equalizer. I'm more worried of lasting consequences that will spread out to future, many decisions they were making will push them back when they tried to escape old ways in feature. When things that people think get solidified one way or another its gonna be to late even when people stop thinking about them in feature.

  • It’s disgusting (but hardly surprising) that China isn’t sticking with the terms made in the deal when England handed Hong Kong back to China.
    I don’t know why Britain doesn’t intervene and tell China to wind its neck in. I remember the HK handover and used to think to myself that as a country in itself for 50 years, someone will invade and take , over who wouldn’t have done previously. I also was concerned for HK, should they manage to remain independent for 50 years, what would happen then…either way, I thought, the Hong Kongers would have their English freedom and way of life destroyed.

  • 9:08 was that a slice of ‘plastic cheese’ (as it’s commonly known in the U.K.) floating on the soup?

  • nice to see wing again. And I'm watching this while there are protest in hong kong about the extradition law. This video is still actual 10 months later

  • And a year later a million Hong Kong citizens protested in the street. Our support is with the Hong Kong People.

  • Hong Kong wouldn't even have an economy if not for the mainland tourists.  You can't complain about the people that are paying for your livelihood.

  • China have started opening to the world in 1978 bit by bit step by step. Then if you want to enter the mainland market you have to go to Hongkong first. And that made the Enconmy of Hong Kong grow fast.

    But in 2001, China joined the WTO, you can skip Hongkong and directly go to Shanghai Beijing Guangzhou Shenzhen . So Hongkong has to find to new developing path.

    For high house Price, it's a problem of the colonial system of Hongkong. It allows big company and colonist to……. , it still works after the handover of 1997.

    So the young people there should stop complaining "freedom of speech" and the Chinese government. Just wake up, try to blend in and catch up the fast growling of the mainland.

  • 继续造吧 继续作吧 还剩20年 好好加油 一国两制50年不变就差20年了 港毒儿子们 全部等着劳改

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