When Britain and China negotiated the future of Hong Kong in the early 1980s, their primary concern was about maintaining the status quo. The rise of China in the last thirty years, however, has reshaped the Beijing-Hong Kong dynamic as new tensions and divisions have emerged. Thus, post-1997 Hong Kong is a case about a global city’s democratic transition within an authoritarian state.
The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong introduces readers to these key social, economic, and political developments. Bringing together the work of leading researchers in the field, it focuses on the process of transition from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region under China’s sovereign rule. Organized thematically, the sections covered include:
This book provides a thorough introduction to Hong Kong today. As such, it will be invaluable to students and scholars of Hong Kong’s politics, culture and society. It will also be of interest to those studying Chinese political development and the impact of China’s rise more generally.
Introduction: The long transition, Tai-lok Lui, Stephen W.K. Chiu, and Ray Yep Theme 1: 'One Country Two Systems' in practice 1. The autonomy of Hong Kong under "One Country, Two Systems", Albert H.Y. Chen 2. The Basic Law in the courts: Learning to live with China and a changing Hong Kong, Danny Gittings 3. Becoming part of one national economy: Maintaining two systems in the midst of the rise of China, Yun-Wing Sung Theme 2: Governing post-colonial Hong Kong 4. Stalemate in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong: Disarticulation, fragmentation, and the political battleground of "One Country, Two Systems", Chor-yung Cheung 5. Advisory politics before and after 1997: In search of a new relationship between state, political society and civil society, Brian C.H. Fong 6. "Consultative politics" refined: The precarious development of civic engagement in post-colonial Hong Kong, Kay C.Y. Lam 7. Party underdevelopment in protracted transition, Ngok Ma Theme 3: Social mobilization 8. Social mobilization for large-scale protests: From the July 1 demonstration to the Umbrella Movement, Francis L.F. Lee and Joseph M. Chan 9. Opinion media: From talk radio to internet alternative websites, Francis L.F. Lee 10. Social media and social mobilization, Gary Tang 11. Legal mobilization, Wai Keung Tam 12. Transformative events and their frames and the repertoires of contention, Edmund W. Cheng 13. Confrontation, state repression and autonomy of metropolitan Hong Kong: The Umbrella Movement and 1967 Riots compared, Ray Yep Theme 4: The changing social fabric 14. Growing socio-economic inequalities, Hon-Kwong Lui 15. Ethnic minorities and ethnicity in Hong Kong, Paul O’Connor 16. Mainland migrants in Hong Kong, Eric Fong, Jenny X. Li, and Carew C.S. Chan 17. Youth and the changing opportunity structure, Chung Yan Ip 18. Hong Kong’s middle class after 1997, Chung Yan Ip and Tai-lok Lui 19. A genealogy of business and politics in Hong Kong, Tak-Wing Ngo 20. The real estate elite and real estate hegemony, Stan Hok-Wui Wong Theme 5: Socio-economic development and regional integration 21. Hong Kong’s film industry reconstituted: Pathways to China after the golden age, Stephen W.K. Chiu and Victor K.W. Shin 22. End of a chapter? Hong Kong manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta, Godfrey Yeung 23. Hong Kong: China’s global city, David R. Meyer 24. Chinese state capitalism in Hong Kong, Ho-fung Hung Theme 6: Future development 25. Identity as politics: Contesting the local, the national and the global, Agnes Shuk-mei Ku 26. Political de-institutionalization and the rise of right-wing nativism, Iam-chong Ip 27. Sustainable development in Hong Kong: Roadblocks and road-map, Mee Kam Ng 28. Hong Kong’s integration with Mainland China in historical perspective, Alvin Y. So 29. Lost in competition: Rethinking Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen as a new triangle of China’s global cities and regional hubs, Xiangming Chen