The incident of Mainland visitors eating on Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway caused much extensive discussions on the Internet. On January 19, 2012, claiming to be the 73rd generation descendant of Confucius, Peking University professor Kong Qingdong commented on the matter on a Internet TV show called “Kong Monk Has Something to Say” (《孔和尚有话说》), saying “some Hong Kong people are dogs”, and “A place needs the law to maintain order reflects the (low) quality of people at such place”
The 7-minute long video clip spread on the Internet like wild fire since the night of January 19. Neizens both in Hong Kong and Mainland were greatly dissatisfied with his extreme views.
Hong Kong netizens criticized that Mainland visitors violated the law first, but “Mr. Monk Kong” mislead the public with false concepts. Some netizens are upset that Kong as a university professor even used profanity on TV. Mainland netizens also generally opposed Kong. Some of them criticized his comments are too subjective; he loose face for Beijing people, and also advised him to go home to become a farmer instead.
Translation of what he said in the program:
Two different languages, this detail is very important. Two different languages, one of them is Mandarin, the other is local dialect. The party that speaks Mandarin does not have the responsibility to learn to speak any other local dialect. Chinese people have the responsibility to speak Mandarin, and do not have the responsibility to speak Dongbei dialect, Sichuan dialect, Beijing dialect and Tianjin dialect etc. Maybe you only know the local dialect where you grew up, the mother tongue of your hometown. You are not responsible to speak another other local dialect. However, anyone is responsible to (know how to) speak Mandarin. You meet someone who speaks a different dialect, what do you do? The two parties should both speak Mandarin. Does not speak Mandarin on purpose, what kind of person is that? Wangbaadan (bastard, son of a bitch)! (He) must have a dark heart or have other motives. For example, Hong Kong people, are you Chinese too? As I know, many Hong Kong people do not think they are Chinese. When they open their mouth, “Us Hong Kongers, you Chinese” That is Wangbadan. These are people who are too used to being running dogs of the British colonist. Until now they are still dogs, not human. I know there are many good people in Hong Kong, however some of the Hong Kong people are still dogs up till now. If the same thing happened on Hong Kong people, would the result be the same? The result wouldn’t be the same. This is what Mr. Lu Xun already criticized before － Xizai 西崽 (western pups). There were many Xizai on the street of Shanghai before, always bullying the villagers. Country folks came to the city and did not know the rules, for example not knowing the traffic lights, throwing trash on the ground… they would go over there and fine them. These people are dogs in front of the imperialism and wolves in front of the Chinese people. These people have the remaining colony syndrome. I talked about Hong Kong many times. It has its good, for example, the law. Speaking of the law, which was left by the Britain, back then how did the Britain deal with these Hong Kong dogs? They whipped them when out of line. They were whipped into shape. As in Beijing dialect, they tamade (fucking) need to be whipped. Now that Hong Kong returned to China, but people’s heart did not fully return. There are still many pups, they are dogs in front of the colonialists but in front of Mainland brothers and sisters they suddenly think they are wolves. This kind of thinking was exactly the same as those Taiwanese and Korean soldiers in the Japanese army during World War II. We have a name for the, they are “second class ghouls”. Look at the man (in the video) does he look like a man? Even thought you don’t understand what he was saying. It was all because a child was eating something on the subway, he could have said nicely, ‘there are rules that you can not eat here.’ The mother also said, ‘we didn’t know, we stopped, isn’t that enough?’ But the incident did not end there, not only so, it became group fight. Do you treat Hong Kong people like this? How about Americans or Japanese? I have never seen you treat them like that. Do Hong Kong people have high quality? I think that the Hong Kong people have relatively lower quality compared to people anywhere else in China. I have been to Hong Kong many times. I have seen many Hong Kong people act without moral. They steal, they cheat, they swindle, they defraud. There was nothing they wouldn’t do. Not many Hong Kong tourist guides or salespersons have morals. What right do Hong Kong people have to be so proud of themselves?
Let me say again, many Hong Kong people are dogs!
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Professor Kong suddenly became the national enemy for his speech.
For this, on January 21, Kong Qingdong responded in an interview with the media to explain . He said, he never said such thing “Hong Kong people are dogs”. It was not his original words. “Have I said, Hong King people are dogs? No!” the reason for the large number of reports was because some media “took it out of context and maliciously distorted my view”.
Obviously they do not comply with professional ethics, the news media completely lost the value of reporting objectively which they should have. I did not say ‘people who do not speak Mandarin are dogs’. I think I should protest against these media spreading rumors, then I demand these media and individuals who attacked me disregarding the facts to apologize to me.
Kong Qingdong said.