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One Country, Two Systems (04:13)


Douglas Young describes Hong Kong’s governing principle as a way for citizens to retain luxury and freedoms provided under British rule. Michael Degolyer believes Beijing’s “white paper” is an international and domestic statement. He and Albert Ho discuss Chinese patriotism and election control.

Hong Kong Protest Movements (05:15)

Ho’s Occupy Central movement wants Beijing to grant promises, particularly Universal Suffrage. Young argues that aggression is not traditionally popular in China; he blames in-fighting for recent stagnancy. Degolyer claims younger citizens are more likely to revolt.

Hong Kong Identity (04:50)

City residents call each other “Hong Kongers;” China’s policies do not reflect their values. Tensions between residents and mainlanders have increased. Mandarin has become more common than English.

Economic Decline of Hong Kong (07:17)

Political cartoonist Harry Harrison reflects on control and freedom. Ho cites digression in citizen aspirations. Young believes China is rising and that Hong Kong has “soft power"; it could help resolve the country’s social issues. Hong Kong should be the nation’s cosmopolitan hub.

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On China: Hong Kong

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It's the miracle of Hong Kong, a metropolis on the southern tip of China, where there's freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and rule of law. Since its handover from Britain to China 17 years ago, the people of Hong Kong were granted a wide range of civil liberties, and a measure of autonomy under the governing principle known as "One Country, Two Systems." But many say that way of life is now under threat. As Beijing affirms its "comprehensive jurisdiction" over Hong Kong, and with growing number of mainland Chinese heading into Hong Kong, congesting its shopping streets and putting pressure on the infrastructure, some people are asking, will it be the end of Hong Kong as we know it today? We explore the territory's complicated relationship with Beijing as it attempts to forge a new identity.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL187359

ISBN: 978-1-64623-258-1

Copyright date: ©2014

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