The hundreds of thousands of demonstrators against the Chinese refusal to allow free presidential elections in Hong Kong have evoked a negative response among U.S. students. Although most of the Hong Cong protestors are students and have much in common with college goers in the U.S., American students do not identify with their actions against the oppressive Chinese Government.
Superficially, the American and Hong Kong young people would not have that much in common. But closer examination reveals that both the Chinese and American governments allow only one party, or two parties, in the case of the U.S., to pass laws affecting students. Political economies, put into effect by politicians, in both China and Hong Cong, do not provide for adequate jobs upon their graduation from college.
Too, many former students in both countries are unemployed and forced to live with their parents. In a statement echoed by U.S. parents, Ho Che lin, sitting with protesters in the financial district of Hong Cong said, "My son will be graduating soon, but who knows what kind of job he will get?"
But UCLA student, Barbara Woods, 21, - who also faces an uncertain job future - peevishly said, " Ugh, wow, those Hong Kong kids stay overnight on the streets. How do they do that? I'd never protest without a soft bed."
Bob Ash, 37, of Cal State Northridge, who yet doesn't know what his major is, agreed. "Those kids can never brush their teeth. Count me out," he said.
Finally, George W. Prepbutt, an honor student at army's West Point Academy said, "I'm ready to kill for American values; To boot, I 've got job security in the military and will retire with mucho bucks. Those Hong Cong malcontents should join the Chinese armed forces."