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Hongkongers, don't just reject nationalism — it can be a good thing

Hongkongers, don't just reject nationalism — it can be a good thing
- From white supremacists to Hong Kong’s separatists, nationalism has long been associated with the irrational hatred of outsiders and the irrational love for one’s homeland. The fact that no one can decide which country or ethnicity they truly belong to, critics say, makes loving your country as silly as loving the HKID card number that was randomly assigned to you by the system.
But despite the apparently nonsensical nature of nationalism, it has been used for many centuries as a tool for maintaining unity and encouraging collective action. This gives it some value in the common fight against imperialism and oppression.
The defining feature of nationalism and the reason for its success is its ability to attract support from all sections of society when faced with a real or perceived threat to the country and its population. Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung believes that the fact that nationalism comes from a shared experience of trauma and glory enables people from all classes, faiths, and regions to finally cooperate in achieving a common goal.