When the United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China’s control in 1997, residents feared the changes that Beijing might impose, but they also held out hope: Could Hong Kong’s example usher in an era of increased liberalism on the mainland? Journalist Howard W. French provides insightful snapshots of how politics, education and society have changed 20 years later – and how they haven’t. getAbstract recommends French’s analysis to businesspeople with interests in Asia, to students of history and to followers of democracy movements worldwide.
In this summary, you will learn
- How Hong Kong’s relationship with Beijing has changed since the United Kingdom returned control of the city to China in 1997,
- Which of Beijing’s actions have inspired protests in Hong Kong, and
- How the politics of Hong Kong’s youth differ from those of the older generation.
About the Author
Howard W. French is a journalist, author and photographer. His latest book is Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.