Oxford dictionary adds 'Hongkonger'
The locally used terms have been recognized as a section of Hong Kong people are agitating to maintain their independent identity amid the rising cultural and political influence of Mainland China.
The dictionary defined "Hongkonger" and "Hong Kongese" as "a native or inhabitant of Hong Kong". It said 'Hong Kongese' can be used as an adjective to describe anything related to the city or its residents.
"The inclusion of Hongkonger and Hong Kongese in the dictionary is definitely prompted by the city's anti-Mainlandisation campaign which has raised international attention over the past years," lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-Ching was quoted as saying in the local South China Morning Post.
The former British colony, which was taken over by China 17 years back, has seen a spurt of agitations in the past year against several issues like affluent shoppers from Mainland China pushing up prices, pregnant women from the region delivering babies in the city in order to get residency for their children, and Beijing trying to dominate the local political scene.
"We are trying to differentiate ourselves from mainlanders — not just the people are different, but also our cultural spirit and political identity," Mo Man-Ching said.