As a Hongkonger, I’m wondering what it means to us here in Hong Kong and other parts of the world with Donald Trump running for the presidential election in the US.
Do his racist, sexist and crazy ideas and comments sound familiar to us? To certain extent, I also see the similar sentiments against nonlocals here in Hong Kong.
Localism can be presented in a good way as an effort to preserve locals’ interest and culture as much as like protectionism in economics. However, it’s difficult to draw the line between protecting local interest and discrimination.
Fear of going to extremes and being labelled as radicals, most people choose to stay “neutral” or prefer to be “moderate”.
As extremism is becoming popular in many societies, how can we continue persuading others to engage in negotiation to resolve our differences when power and resources are so unbalanced?
It’s obviously a big challenge. But I don’t think anything is impossible. One thing is sure. Ridicule never helps to build trust and communication, which is fundamental to engaging in negotiation.