This coming weekend is a momentous time for Hong Kong. The adjective “momentous” used this way means something of great importance, significance, or history-making. This Saturday, July 1, will be the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s reunification with China. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will be sworn in as the new chief executive on Saturday, together with her team of senior government officials. China’s President Xi Jinping will do the swearing-in ceremony at the Convention Centre. He arrives in Hong Kong today for a three-day visit. More than 10,000 police officers, about one-third of Hong Kong’s police force, have been assigned to make sure there is round-the-clock security during the president’s visit. The expression “round-the-clock” means lasting all day and all night.
Hong Kong has become so politically divided in recent years that not everyone considers the 20th anniversary of reunification as a momentous occasion that should be celebrated. Public opinion surveys often show that most of Hong Kong’s baby boomers are proud of the reunification. Baby boomers are people born during the mid-1940s to the early 1960s. Most baby boomers were born after World War ll. Surveys show some Generation X Hong Kong people are proud of reunification but others are not. Generation X are people born to baby boomers. They were born between the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. The people born after Generation X are called the Millennials. The Millennials are also called Generation Y. They were born between the mid-1980s to the early 2000s.
The Millennials are young people. Surveys show many Millennials consider themselves as Hong Kong people instead of Chinese but many other Millennials also support reunification. Generation Z, also known as Post-Millennials, are people born in the early 2000s. They were born in the age of the computer and social media. The Post-Millennials were born after the 1997 reunification with China. Most Post-Millennials and many Millennials want so-called true democracy and distrust the central government. Most Post-Millennials do not consider themselves as Chinese and some even support Hong Kong independence. Hong Kong’s different generations have become so politically divided that it is difficult to predict what the generation after the Post-Millennials will be like.
香港近年變得政治分化，不是人人都視回歸二十周年為值得慶祝的重大（momentous）時刻。不時就有民意調查顯示，大部分香港戰後嬰兒潮一代（baby boomers）對於回歸都感到自豪。Baby boomers是指1940年代中期至1960年代初出生的人，大部分的baby boomers 都是戰後出生的。調查顯示，有些X世代（Generation X）的香港人對回歸感自豪，有些則不然。X世代（Generation X）就是戰後嬰兒潮一代（baby boomers）的子女，大概是六十年代中至八十年代初出生。X世代（Generation X）之後出生的人會叫做千禧世代（Millennials），又被稱為Y世代（Generation Y），大概於八十年代中至千禧年代初出生。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧