Americans who want to display their allegiance to a particular political philosophy can easily do so this election year by wearing an LBJ button in their lapel, or by pasting a Goldwater sticker on their automobile.
Pan; Hongkong Hilton to Red china bank bldg.
Various street scenes
Pan shot sampans in harbor
Pan shot, apartment project
Following scenes shot on Nationalist chinese Independence Day
Street scenes with flags of Republic of China
Sampans flying flags
Pan shot; same apartment project shown in first half of film.
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Background: Americans who want to display their allegiance to a particular political philosophy can easily do so this election year by wearing an LBJ button in their lapel, or by pasting a Goldwater sticker on their automobile.
There's something of similar nature two days each year in British-ruled Hongkong where the Nationalist and Communist Chinese compete for the allegiance of 3-million Chinese who live there. They call it the flag game -- and it is a political barometer that is watched closely by diplomats of all nations.
This is Hongkong, October first of this year - the anniversary of the Communist Chinese independence day. It's the only occasion on the calendar when the British permit Chinese residents to fly the flag of Red China. Nationalist supporters get a chance to show their allegiance October 10th.
The flag counters traveled through every business and residential community of Hongkong on the Communist day. There was only a sparse showing of Peking's Red-starred pennant.
It was even harder to find on the sampans in the harbor, or along the balconies of this huge apartment complex.
Ten days later, the same Hongkong, October 10 -- Double Ten -- the anniversary of the Nationalist independence day. It marks the founding of the Republic of China in 1911. On the day too the flag counters were out ... and they were busier as they went through the streets of the same business and residential communities of this British colony which the Communists permit to exist for a variety of business and political advantages.
The flag is free China's version of red, white, and blue... a white sun, in a blue sky, over crimson ground.
It was very much in evidence on the Double-Tenth --- an indication of the allegiance of Hongkong's three million Chinese , to the Nationalist cause, even though they are living on Red China's doorstep.