Seeing Red

Wally Santana / AP

Hong Kong's past as a British colony has given its people aspirations that Beijing appears unwilling to accommodate

My wife Shih-ying recently felt the sting of prejudice in overwhelmingly Chinese Hong Kong — for being Chinese. She and her mother were bargain hunting at the famed Stanley Market. They were talking in Mandarin, when two saleswomen shouted at them in Hong Kong's predominant Cantonese: "Go away, we don't want your business!" Shih-ying, Taiwan-born and never one to shrink from battle, replied, "You think we are from mainland China because we speak Mandarin, but discrimination is wrong." Her mom pulled her away.

On the surface it's business as usual in Hong...

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