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Whither Hong Kong: China's Shadow or Visionary Gleam?

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Whither Hong Kong? relates the rich history of the former British colony from 1841 to 1999, and discusses its prospects. This book brings together seven leaders in their fields who have intimate, unique knowledge of Hong Kong. They follow the territory after it became a British colony after the first Opium War (1840-1842), Japan's World War II attack and occupation, economic development, democracy movements, the psychology of the Chinese, and more. This book reviews and analyzes British rule and colonialism, ...

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Overview

Whither Hong Kong? relates the rich history of the former British colony from 1841 to 1999, and discusses its prospects. This book brings together seven leaders in their fields who have intimate, unique knowledge of Hong Kong. They follow the territory after it became a British colony after the first Opium War (1840-1842), Japan's World War II attack and occupation, economic development, democracy movements, the psychology of the Chinese, and more. This book reviews and analyzes British rule and colonialism, Sino-British relations, American involvement, the HK people and their interface with Westerners, as well as their drive to achieve and maintain their traditions. It includes assessments for Hong Kong's continued growth and prosperity, autonomy, democracy, and autocracy. Many themes are stressed, including autocracy and humanism in China and Hong Kong's history, and the indomitable spirit of the Chinese people. Singapore and Macau are compared to Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Economic Journal
Top-notch authors review Hong Kong's past and explore its future. 'Whither Hong Kong' serves to widen perspectives with positive and very significant meanings. The editor's analysis...raises many vital issues for further research and study on Hong Kong and China in the years to come.
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Providing analysis of the history and future prospects of Hong Kong, the volume begins with a review of the age-old predominance of authoritarianism over humanitarianism in the history and institutions of China and Hong Kong. Subsequent chapters address Hong Kong's military history; British rule from 1840 to the Sino-British Declaration of 1984; health and medical services; the media and communications; the universities; recent economic developments; and change since 1984. Contributors include Hong Kong-based journalists, government officials, and academics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813941
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/13/1999
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert H. Yee is a Distinguished Professor and Academic Dean who has worked at universities in the United States and East Asia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Overview Chapter 2 Hong Kong's Military History and the Wars of Aggression Chapter 3 British Rule in Hong Kong: From 1840 to the Sino-British Declaration of 1984 Chapter 4 Hong Kong's Health and Medical Services Chapter 5 The Media and Communications Networks of Hong Kong Chapter 6 Hong Kong's Educational System: The Universities Chapter 7 Barren Rock to World Entrepot—Recent Economic Developments and Issues Chapter 8 Change, Confrontation, and Community Since 1984 Chapter 9 The Contributors and Editor Chapter 10 Index

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