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A Modern History of Hong Kong

By Steve Tsang

Tsang, Steve Yui-Sang
Released: 2007-09-04
Paperback (352 pages)

A Modern History of Hong Kong
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From a little-known fishing community at the periphery of China, Hong Kong developed into one of the world's most spectacular and cosmopolitan metropoles after a century and a half of British imperial rule. This history of Hong Kong -- from its occupation by the British in 1841 to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 -- includes the foundation of modern Hong Kong; its developments as an imperial outpost, its transformation into the ""pearl"" of the British Empire and of the Orient and the events leading to the end of British rule. Based on extensive research in British and Chinese sources, both official and private, the book addresses the changing relations between the local Chinese and the expatriate communities in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of a local identity. It ends with a critical but dispassionate examination of Hong Kong's transition from a British Crown Colony to a Chinese Special Administrative Region.

Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (Public Worlds)

By Ackbar Abbas

Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Paperback (168 pages)

Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (Public Worlds)
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A consideration of what the culture of Hong Kong tells us about the state of the world at the fin-de-siecle.

"In a space of disappearance, in the unprecedented historical situation that Hong Kong finds itself in of being caught between two colonialities (Britain's and China's), there is a desperate attempt to clutch at images of identity, however alien or cliched these images are. There is a need to define a sense of place through buildings and other means, at the moment when such a sense of place (fragile to begin with) is being threatened with erasure by a more and more insistently globalizing space".

On June 30, 1997, Hong Kong as we know it will disappear, ceasing its singular and ambiguous existence as a colonial holdover and becoming part of the People's Republic of China. In an intriguing and provocative exploration of its cinema, architecture, photography, and literature, Ackbar Abbas considers what Hong Kong, with its unique relations to decolonization and disappearance, can teach us about the future of both the colonial city and the global city.

The culture of Hong Kong encompasses Jackie Chart and John Woo, British colonial architecture and postmodern skyscrapers. Ironically, it was not until they were faced with the imposition of Mainland power -- with the signing of the Sino British Joint Agreement in 1984 -- that the denizens of the colony began the search for a Hong Kong identity. According to Abbas, Hong Kong's peculiar lack of identity is due to its status as "not so much a place as a space of transit", whose residents think of themselves as transients and migrants on their way from China to somewhere else.

Abbas explores the way Hong Kong's media saturationchanges its people's experience of space so that it becomes abstract, dominated by signs and images that dispel memory, history, and presence.

Hong Kong disappears through simple dualities such as East/West and tradition/modernity. What is missing from a view of Hong Kong as merely a colony is the paradox that Hong Kong has benefited from and made a virtue of its dependent colonial status, turning itself into a global and financial city and outstripping its colonizer in terms of wealth.

Combining sophisticated theory and a critical perspective, this rich and thought-provoking work captures the complex situation of the metropolis that is contemporary Hong Kong. Along the way, it challenges, entertains, and makes an important contribution to our thinking about the surprising processes and consequences of colonialism.

Making Hong Kong: A History of its Urban Development

By Pui-yin Ho

Edward Elgar Pub
Released: 2018-09-28
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This insightful book provides a comprehensive survey of urban development in Hong Kong since 1841. Pui-yin Ho explores the ways in which the social, economic and political environments of different eras have influenced the city's development. From colonial governance, wartime experiences, high density development and adjustments before and after 1997 through contemporary challenges, this book explores forward-looking ideas that urban planning can offer to lead the city in the future.

Evaluating the relationship between town planning and social change, this book looks at how a local Hong Kong identity emerged in the face of conflict and compromise between Chinese and European cultures. In doing so, it brings a fresh perspective to urban research, providing historical context and direction for the future development of the city. Hong Kong's urban development experience offers not only a model for other Chinese cities but also a better understanding of Asian cities more broadly.

Urban studies scholars will find this an exemplary case study of a developing urban landscape. Town planners and architects will also benefit from reading this comprehensive book as it shows how Hong Kong can be taken to the next stage of urban development and modernisation.

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in World and International History)

By John M. Carroll

Brand: Rowman Littlefield Publishers
Released: 2007-05-25
Paperback (288 pages)

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When the British occupied the tiny island of Hong Kong during the First Opium War, the Chinese empire was well into its decline, while Great Britain was already in the second decade of its legendary "Imperial Century." From this collision of empires arose a city that continues to intrigue observers. Melding Chinese and Western influences, Hong Kong has long defied easy categorization. John M. Carroll's engrossing and accessible narrative explores the remarkable history of Hong Kong from the early 1800s through the post-1997 handover, when this former colony became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The book explores Hong Kong as a place with a unique identity, yet also a crossroads where Chinese history, British colonial history, and world history intersect. Carroll concludes by exploring the legacies of colonial rule, the consequences of Hong Kong's reintegration with China, and significant developments and challenges since 1997.

地下陣線:中共在香港的歴史 (Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong)

By Christine Loh 陸恭蕙

Hong Kong University Press
Released: 2011-03-01
Kindle Edition (354 pages)

地下陣線:中共在香港的歴史 (Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong)
 
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《地下陣線:中共在香港的歷史》是首部研究中國共產黨自1921年建黨以來在香港發揮作用的著作。本書記述最近有關中共的事件,其中包括一項香港市民對共產黨所持態度的民意調查結果。附錄中臚列許多與共產黨統戰活動有關的資料,有助讀者深入瞭解中共在香港的歷史。本書適合所有對香港歷史、政治,以及中國現代史感興趣的讀者。

陸恭蕙,前立法會議員,現為思匯政策研究所行政總監。

「英帝國主義是一個反面教員,他們用法西斯暴行,迫使港九同胞展開一場仇視、鄙視和蔑視英帝國主義的運動,從政治上、經濟上和文化上採取一切可能的行動,英帝國主義的殖民統治發動強大的反擊……一定要大張旗鼓地、千軍萬馬地揭發和宣傳英帝國主義一百多年來在香港犯下的滔天罪行,發動群眾進行血淚的控訴……港九愛國同胞們,進一步動員起來,組織起來,勇猛地向著萬惡的英帝國主義展開鬥爭吧!……這一場鬥爭,主要地應依靠香港的工人階級,他們是革命的主力軍。還應當充分地發動廣大的青年學生,使青年學生運動同工人運動結合起來。」 —《人民日報》社論1967年6月3日

「雖然作者謙稱自己是一個局外人,但在讀過這本書後會發現,即使是知情人士也未必能有如此深刻的分析。陸恭蕙對中國共產黨統戰和宣傳的闡述,對那些不諳共產黨術語的人來說特別有啟發性。鑒於中國共產黨對香港未來發展舉足輕重,本書絕對是關心香港的人必讀之物。」 — 程翔

「中國共產黨在香港活動已是公開的秘密,但為何它的行徑有如一個非法組織?這段中國共產黨在香港秘密活動的歷史,是對香港感興趣的人,包括中國共產黨黨員必須認識的。」 — 秦家驄

「陸恭蕙這本新書實在令人信服,可見是認真仔細研究的成果,是所有希望理解中國共產黨如何處理香港問題的人必讀之作。這本書尤其出色的地方,是作者以持平的態度去評價中國共產黨在香港的歷史。陸恭蕙以引人入勝的筆觸,描述中國共產黨領導在冷戰和文化大革命期間,怎樣以務實的思維去容忍香港這個殖民主義和資本主義前哨站的存在。她對中國共產黨和當代香港兩者關係的分析,有助我們認識北京如何不斷擴大參與香港的事務。一直以來,中國共產黨在香港的角色和所發揮的影響都充滿著神秘的色彩,陸恭蕙成功地作出突破,對這政治組織進行了一次極好的研究。」 —顧汝德

「要撰寫中國共產黨在香港的歷史是一項十分艱鉅的工作,陸恭蕙卻著手進行了這近乎無法完成的任務。正如她在導言所指,在世界上,執政黨仍是一個地下組織是絕無僅有的事。在黨不現身、黨員又不表明身份的情況下,人們何以能夠找出有關這個地下組織的史料?然而,陸恭蕙成功找到相關資料,並花了很多功夫將它們拼湊起來,把中國共產黨從早期至現在於香港的活動娓娓道來,令這本書變成為一本很出色的讀物。任何對香港的過去和未來感興趣的人,這本書是必讀之選。」 —李志喜

Hong Kong Police: Inside the Lines

By Chris Emmett

Earnshaw Books
Released: 2019-06-01
Paperback (304 pages)

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Hong Kong: a Chinese city with British-based law, a unique place with a unique police force. In his latest book, Chris Emmett, best-selling author of Hong Kong Policeman, puts you on the streets, alongside the Hong Kong police officers dealing with the greatest crises of the past few decades. Drug-runners, refugees, illegal immigrants, violent gangs, gun-wielding robbers—Hong Kong Police: Inside the Lines tells stories never before told from a unique perspective.

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

By Gordon Mathews

University of Chicago Press
Released: 2011-06-30
Paperback (241 pages)

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There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet.

But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. A world away from the gleaming headquarters of multinational corporations, Chungking Mansions is emblematic of the way globalization actually works for most of the world’s people. Gordon Mathews’s intimate portrayal of the building’s polyethnic residents lays bare their intricate connections to the international circulation of goods, money, and ideas. We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families. And we see that this so-called ghetto—which inspires fear in many of Hong Kong’s other residents, despite its low crime rate—is not a place of darkness and desperation but a beacon of hope.

Gordon Mathews’s compendium of riveting stories enthralls and instructs in equal measure, making Ghetto at the Center of the World not just a fascinating tour of a singular place but also a peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet.

Hong Kong Apothecary: A Visual History of Chinese Medicine Packaging

By Simon Go

Brand: Princeton Architectural Press
Paperback (200 pages)

Hong Kong Apothecary: A Visual History of Chinese Medicine Packaging
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Hong Kong Apothecary transports us to the exotic world of Eastern medicine, a world of oils, powders, pills, and cures for every known ailment from impotency to opium addiction. As peculiar as pink pills for pale people are the packages containing these medicaments. Author Simon Go has combed manufacturers , shops, and home medicine cabinets for years collecting the most compelling examples. the result is a visual cabinet of curiosities, a graphical pharmacopoeia.
Divided by type such as ointments, herbal teas, infused oils Hong Kong Apothecary presents the fascinating graphics and tantalizing descriptions of hundreds of medicines and gives us an insight into Chinese customs afforded only by examining the artifacts and customs of everyday life. many of these medicines are no longer produced, making Hong Kong Apothecary a memoir of a quickly disappearing culture.
This lavishly illustrated book is of interest as much for designers seeking inspiration in the unknown vernacular of commercial graphics as for anyone interested in Eastern medicine.

A History of Hong Kong

By Frank Welsh

Harpercollins Pub Ltd
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In 1842 a "barren island" was reluctantly ceded by China to an unenthusiastic Britain. "Hong Kong", grumbled Palmerston, "will never be a mart of trade". But from the outset the new colony prospered, its early growth owing much to the energy and resourcefulness of opium traders, who soon diversified in more respectable directions. In 1859 the Kowloon Peninsula was sold to Britain, and in 1898 a further area of the mainland, the "New Territories", was leased to Britain for 99 years - the arrangement from which the present difficulties spring. Despite its extraordinary economic success, which has made it one of the world's leading commercial centres, Hong Kong has never quite shaken off the raffishness of its early days. It has continued to be a source of embarrassment to British governments, and now, as its enforced return to China approaches, its future is the focus of worldwide attention and speculation. This work is an evocation of Hong Kong and the characters of those who shaped it, from its buccaneering origins to its post-war growth.

A Borrowed Place: The History of Hong Kong

By Frank Welsh

Brand: Kodansha America
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A sweeping history of Hong Kong, Britain's last colony, documents court intrigues of London and Peking, the heyday of the British Empire, economic development, its role as a refuge from mainland Chinese communism, and the 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty.


 
 
 

 
 
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