Delay no more : struggles to re-imagine Hong Kong (for the next 30 years)

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Abstract

Considering the world status of China, one would be concerned that Hong Kong is left with 32 more years, by 2047, to demonstrate how “one country, two systems” works, and to make the case that, by the time the 50-year period of “no change” promise for the Special Administrative Region expires, its people deserve a fair review of the arrangement of their future. Having endured 18 years of increasingly unpopular and ineffective government since 1997, citizens find little patience to delay full recognition of the root causes and engagement with the long-standing problems that weigh dangerously on the tipping point. In anticipation of the promised move to a fair and democratic pol- itical system, the community realises that they are now at a crossroads of whether to trust, to evade, to fight for, or to accept what will be allowed and given by the Beijing authority. Ordinary people have awakened to see a Hong Kong they never imagined plausible, in an endless process of Kaf- kaesque metamorphosis, whereby the core values and way of life are subject to the ultimate twist of logic, reason and normality. At this crucial juncture of history came the Umbrella Movement of 2014, the collective action of civil disobedience against the status quo that shocked the world. The 79-day occupy action has transformed the city, which can no longer be the same again. It would be pertinent to identify the cultural-political factors that precipitated the public discourse, to re-shuffle the power hierarchy, and to shape the social body that engenders the deep crisis of subjectivity among the local people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-347
Number of pages21
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date30 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Two Systems”
  • Umbrella Movement
  • activism
  • context
  • decolonisation
  • democracy
  • future
  • hegemony
  • imagination
  • localism
  • neoliberalism
  • postcoloniality
  • status quo
  • subjectivity
  • “One Country

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