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Society for Hong Kong Studies


Roosevelt Room 5, Exhibit Level, Washington Marriott Wardman Park


Mar 24 2018


8:30 am - 10:00 am

AAS Annual Conference 2018 Panel – Hong Kong as a Postcolony: Twenty Years of Chinese Rule

Postcolonial Hong Kong is a world historic experiment on the co-existence between a liberal capitalist society and its authoritarian communist sovereign. The past two decades of Hong Kong- Mainland integration and contention have inspired popular fears of recolonization or internal colonization by China, but also new passion and imagination among the younger generation and civil society activists about Hong Kong’s political future. The 2014 Umbrella Movement, in which 1.2 million citizens participated in the 79-day occupy movement in downtown Hong Kong, was just the tip of an iceberg. This watershed event was both the culmination and the source of deep- seated institutional, political and economic conflicts and struggles involving different segments of Hong Kong society, the Hong Kong Government, and Beijing’s proxies in the territory.

Taking stock of twenty years of momentous change, this panel analyzes Hong Kong’s postcolonial transformation under Chinese rule in four key arenas: political economy, rule of law, migration, and cultural production. Together, the papers address these questions –Do China’s economic interests in Hong Kong conflict with its political imperatives of control? Why has rule of lawbecome an intensely contested terrain in Hong Kong-Mainland relation, and with what consequences for Hong Kong’s political economic future? How are Mainland Chinese migrants to Hong Kong racialized and ethnicized, spurring an anti-immigrant nativist movement? How has the Hong Kong film industry navigated its integration with the Chinese market, with what consequences for Hong Kong’s cultural production and identity?

The Panel 


Ching Kwan Lee
University of California, Los Angeles, California


Eliza W.Y. Lee
University of Hong Kong

Paper presenters:

Ho-fung Hung
Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Carol Jones
University of Birmingham

Susanne Y.P. Choi
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Victor Shin
University of Hong Kong
Assistant Professor


Ching Kwan Lee
University of California, Los Angeles, California


China’s State Capitalism and Its Discontents in Hong Kong

Migration, Nativism and Nationalism: The Hong Kong Dilemma

Power Unrecognized: The Dilemma of Economic Integration between China’s and Hong Kong’s Film Industries

The Rule of Law and the Arts of Resistance: Modes of Governance in Colonial and Post-Colonial Hong Kong

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