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Hong Kong, What If....?
     

Hong Kong, What If....?

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by Ken Albertsen
 
If just one or two small things had differed, prior to the 1997 hand-over, Hong Kong would likely still be a British colony. Chinese officialdom wasn't cognizant of the hand-over until British officials informed them in 1979, because of the cavalcade of tumultuous events which followed the 19th Century treaties which ceded HK to the British 'in perpetuity.' The first

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If just one or two small things had differed, prior to the 1997 hand-over, Hong Kong would likely still be a British colony. Chinese officialdom wasn't cognizant of the hand-over until British officials informed them in 1979, because of the cavalcade of tumultuous events which followed the 19th Century treaties which ceded HK to the British 'in perpetuity.' The first half of the book summarizes the actual true-life history of China, from the Portuguese and British trading ships of the 16th century, up until the 1997 hand-over of Hong Kong. The second half of the Hong Kong book offers a fictional scenario of what might have happened if just one or two lead-up incidents had been slightly altered. Hong Kong island and Kowloon could well have remained British, according to signed treaties.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016183343
Publisher:
Adventure1 Publishing
Publication date:
10/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
181 KB

Meet the Author

Ken is an American residing in northernmost Thailand. He has written a dozen books, articulating such topics as; organic farmsteading, Tibetan Buddhism, political satire, science fiction, environmental activism - to name a few. Ken likes to get outdoors as often as possible, and enjoys exploring rocky hills and dales. He can be reached at ken {at] adventure1.com

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Hong Kong, What If....? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first, but the story drew me in.  Actually, it's 2 stories - one historically correct, and the other is speculation, though artfully crafted.  Even if you don't care about HK or Chinese-related history, you still may enjoy this fast-pace book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting premise: the idea that HK could have stayed a Brit. Colony if just one or two small things had differed in the lead-up to the hand-over.  The well-crafted way that Albertsen makes his case, it's entirely plausible.  The book is actually in two parts.  The first is the author's telling (non-fictional) of how events unfolded leading up to the HK hand-over.  The second half of the book is fictional, yet still highly plausible and thought-provoking, detailing one compelling scenario of how things might have transpired if the British had put up some resistance to a Chinese take-over. Recommended reading for anyone who gives a hoot about Hong Kong.