Hong Kong during World War II: A Transnational Battlefield

Written by Chi Man Kwong. On 30 August, 1945, a combined fleet of British, Australian, and Canadian vessels entered Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong, led by Cecil Harcourt, a British admiral. Expecting the fleet ashore at the Naval Dockyard (modern-day Admiralty) was a cheerful crowd of Hong Kong Chinese and a number of emotionless Japanese …

Legal protection against discrimination of LGBTI people: A tale of three cities in China

Written by Yiu Tung Suen. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are gradually transforming from the ‘others’ in society – who were medically defined as ‘ill’ and legally defined as ‘criminal’ – to citizens whose rights to cultural, social and economic participation are increasingly recognized. The rights of LGBTI people have developed at different …

Government transparency reporting and access to information in Hong Kong

Written by Jennifer Zhang. The Hong Kong government has been disclosing the aggregate number of online user data and content removal requests it has sent to service providers since 2010, the correct move to increase transparency and accountability of Internet governance. However, the government has yet to disclose its request-making procedures, and the lack of a …

What lies behind China’s clampdown on foreign casinos?

Written by Alice de Jonge. China’s recent clampdown on foreign casinos has been portrayed as an extension of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, but it is also more than that. The motives behind Xi’s declaration of war against the global gambling industry can best be understood on four different fronts. The first front is the incursion of …

Raining on Xi Jinping’s parade in Macau

Written by Jackie Sheehan. President Xi Jinping is in Macau for the 15th-anniversary celebrations of the territory’s transfer from Portuguese sovereignty to that of the PRC, December 1999’s much lower-key and less fraught handover which followed Hong Kong’s fractious reversion in July 1997. Public protest is rare in Macau, apart from a few recent strikes …

Hegemonic Patriotism and Identity Politics under “One Country, Two Systems”

Written by Wai-man Lam. Upon being returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong was given special administrative region status directly under Beijing on the principle of “one country, two systems”. Evaluations of the success of these arrangements depends on one’s political position. Some emphasize integration with the motherland as the ultimate goal of this political …

The Fallacy of CCP-designed “universal suffrage”

Written by Zaijun Yuan. Hong Kong people have been struggling for genuine universal suffrage for decades. As for selecting Chief Executive, Article 45 of The Basic Law of Hong Kong states that the method “shall be specified in the light of the actual situation” in Hong Kong and “in accordance with the principle of gradual …

Chinese democracy in Hong Kong: Occupy Central and the fight for universal suffrage

Written by Malte P. Kaeding. 2014 is a year of remembrance. In Hong Kong on the evening of June 4 tens of thousands will gather on the football pitches of Victoria Park to remember the Tiananmen massacre 25 years ago with a candle light vigil. The annual vigil has slowly changed its meaning going beyond …

Constitutional Impasse in Hong Kong

Written by Michael C. Davis. The global media has recently been fixated on a number of seemingly intractable constitutional impasses that have given rise to crises around the world. These impasses have been rooted in complex ethnic and social histories in such diverse places as Thailand, Ukraine and Egypt. It has recently been very surprising …

Integration and Adaptation: Contrasting Hong Kong with Macao

Written by Shiu Hing LO. Since the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 1997 and that of Macao’s administrative right from Portugal to China on December 20, 1999, the two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) have demonstrated tremendous differences in their adaptation of political and …