11 dumb questions people from Hong Kong get asked all the time
A bit like asking an American whether everyone owns guns, our local film industry’s slew of martial arts films has maybe given a false of impression of us all being kung fu masters. Regrettably that isn’t the case, but thankfully crime is low enough that we don’t have much to worry about when it comes to matters of self-defense.
Uh oh. Maybe this one isn’t so much dumb as just a little annoying – it’s a sensitive subject, after all. For as much as some of us would love Hong Kong to be a state of its own, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China as stated in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of the Basic Law. Still, call us China at your peril.
While it’s ordinarily considered bad manners to be ask about other peoples’ personal finances, for some reason the rental cost of a Hong Kong apartment seems to be the exception. Given Hong Kong flats are generally tiny while being eye-wateringly expensive, we hate being reminded of just how much we’re being ripped off.
The almost inevitable follow-up to the question above. And the answer is, of course, yes. Yes, it is. We pour out on to the streets and make them ridiculously crowded because our own personal space is frighteningly small. Flats like the one pictured here are for the one percent. If you haven’t been invited to a friend’s place, you now know why.
Oh, cool, thanks for reminding us once more how much of our disposable income gets wasted on rent. We may cut certain corners sometimes but at least we never go easy on our wallets when it comes to satisfying our tummies.
We’re not gonna criticise the constant efforts of our street cleaners, nor do we belittle the existence of rodents. But if you are talking about air pollution, we couldn’t agree more.
Develop a constant inner-monologue of screaming and have a weekly session of punch-the-pillow and you’ll be fine.
Right behind you.
It’s an official language of Hong Kong and taught in most schools.
Good one, idiot. Oh, you’re being serious? Wow.