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Tea Leaves

For diaspora, there is more than one China

Hong Kong turmoil presses a sensitive button for overseas Chinese

Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally at Mongkok, in Hong Kong, on Aug. 23.   © Reuters

As the clock struck midnight on June 30, 1997, I was glued to the TV in my parents' bedroom in Manila as we watched the British Union Flag being lowered in Hong Kong, symbolizing the end of 156 years of Western rule and the return of the territory to China the following day.

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