Hong Kong is a small city with a big reputation. As mainland China has become an 'economic powerhouse' Hong Kong has taken a route of development of its own, flourishing as an entrepot and a centre of commerce and finance for Chinese business, then as an industrial city and subsequently a regional and international financial centre.
This volume examines the developmental history of Hong Kong, focusing on its rise to the status of a Chinese global city in the world economy. Chiu and Lui's analysis is distinct in its perspective of the development as an integrated process involving economic, political and social dimensions, and as such this insightful and original book will be a core text on Hong Kong society for students.
"This concise, articulate volume examines the economic sociology of this global city, analyzing recent changes in Hong Kong and responding to Euro-American examples that dominate global city debates…as a serious, accessible overview witha rich bibliography of Hong Kong (and wider) scholarship, the book enriches dialogues about this fascinating city and about globalization in general. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." - G. W. McDonogh, CHOICE (June 2010)
"The concise handling of data and facts enable Chiu and Lui to swiftly articulate their case for Hong Kong and hence make their book a ‘must read’." - Yannan Ding, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium; Local Economy 26(5)
Introduction 1. Global Connections: Centre of Chinese Capitalism 2. An Industrial Colony 3. The Building of An International Financial Centre 4. A Divided City 5. Decolonization, Political Restructuring, and Post-Colonial Governance Crisis 6. The Return of the Regional and the National 7. A Chinese Global City?