Veteran actor Eric Tsang says Hungarians should be grateful to China as 25th anniversary of handover approaches

Hong Kong actor and TVB chief executive Eric Tsang said Hong Kongers should be grateful to China as the city-state prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its return to China on Friday. —Photo Reuters

By Sylvia Looi

Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:56 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 – As Hong Kong prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its return to China on Friday, actor Eric Tsang said his people should be grateful to China.

Tsang, 69, TVB’s general manager since last year, said his return to the station has allowed more people to rediscover the country.

“The first time I went overseas after returning from Hong Kong, I was finally able to write the word China on the departure form. My tears started to flow at that moment.”

He also recalled the feeling he had when issuing a joint statement in support of the national security law for Hong Kong, noting that “it was like seeing a light in the dark.”

In an interview with world timesTsang said when he first heard the national anthem and raised his own national flag, he was very moved.

“The return was a big change for us. Before the return, every time we went overseas, we had to state Hong Kong as our nationality.”

“But if the word Hong Kong was not followed by the word United Kingdom, people would ask if Hong Kong is a nationality?”

“When we filled in the UK, the Brits were saying, are you really British?”

He added that it was not a good feeling because they had black eyes and yellow skin and they felt like orphans.

Tsang was also asked about his support for the controversial national security law and why he chose to do so.

He said regulations were necessary to stop the violence and the law was like a light in the dark.

The law was imposed by Beijing in response to months of pro-democracy protests in 2019.

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