Hong Kong

Ref: C2347328

The island of Hong Kong, a British Crown colony since 1898 had become hugely successful commercially and financially, renowned as one of the Asia's 'tiger economies'. But the 100-year lease by which Britain had acquired the colony expired in 1997. In the negotiations that preceded the return of Hong Kong to China, the British accepted all of the PRC's basic demands. In return the Chinese government committed itself to allowing the development of democracy begun under the British. The Hong Kong democrats complained that Britain's concessions to the PRC had betrayed the islanders, a complaint borne out by China's subsequent steady erosion of democratic rights in Hong Kong. The talk will touch on these features.

Course aim

The talk will cover the main features of Hong Kong's development since the nineteenth century and offer observations on the island's present status and likely future under PRC rule.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • follow Hong Kong's development as a British colony
  • appreciate the issues relating to the island's handover to the PRC under the terms of the Joint Agreement of 1984
  • follow the development of Hong Kong since the handover in 1997
  • appreciate the bitterness and sense of betrayal felt by Hong Kong's democrats
  • offer informed estimations as to the the development of Hong Kong under PRC control

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All necessary material will be provided on Canvas and during the zoom-based talk.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Hong Kong

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