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That Lion Rock spirit is not coming back

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The Lion Rock spirit is gone and is not coming back. But there is no point in mourning because it is not unique to Hong Kong.

Any immigrant society striving and succeeding to become a developed economy has had phases during which it experienced high growth and significant improvement in the livelihoods of ordinary people. That’s because you start at a low baseline.

The inevitable myth then emerges about how the older generations could sustain through hardships with an incredible can-do spirit. If only young people today could realise they have it so good!

I bet old geezers in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan all tell themselves similar stories.

Lolita Hu Ching-fang, the outgoing director of the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre in Hong Kong,........

© South China Morning Post