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City on the Edge

Hong Kong under Chinese Rule

Author(s): Ho-fung Hung

ISBN: 9781108840330
Publication Date: 19-05-2022
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For decades, Hong Kong has maintained precarious freedom at the edge of competing world powers. In City on the Edge, Ho-fung Hung offers a timely and engaging account of Hong Kong's development from precolonial times to the present, with particular focus on the post 1997 handover period. Through careful analysis of vast economic data, a myriad of political events, and intricate networks of actors and ideas, Hung offers readers insight into the fraught economic, political, and social forces that led to the 2019 uprising, while situating the protests in the context of global finance and the geopolitics of the US-China rivalry. A provocative contribution to the discussion on Hong Kong's position in today's world, City on the Edge demonstrates that the resistance and repression of 2019-2020 does not spell the end of Hong Kong but the beginning of a long conflict with global repercussions.

  • Introduces readers to the institutional and cultural complexity of Hong Kong and the evolution of the city in the years since 1997
  • Illustrates the larger global political and economic forces that shaped Beijing's Hong Kong policy, US Hong Kong policy, and the socio-political conflicts in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover
  • Compares Hong Kong's struggle for autonomy to similar struggles in Tibet, East Timor, Northern Ireland and Kosovo showing that Hong Kong is part of a wider global trend of local regions/cities trying to break free from dominant nation-states/empires