There are a lot of Japanese kids in our apartment complex. A school bus comes to the complex to pick them up in the morning. (Not the green one, that's our shuttle bus.) Most of the kids in this photo are Japanese.
As far as I can see, all Japanese students carry their school bags themselves on their way to school. Their mothers accompany them to the school bus. But the kids carry their bags themselves. Even the very young ones.
In contrast, most Chinese kids are accompanied by their maids or mothers. It is the maids and mothers who carry the kids’ bags, not the kids themselves. Even for some students who are already in secondary school.
What does that say about the independence of our children in Hong Kong?