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Lost in China?: Law, Culture and Society in Post-1997 Hong Kong

ISBN13: 9781107093379
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99

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Rule of law is a core Hong Kong value, providing a defensive wall around the territory and protecting its way of life against 'mainlandisation'. Before the 1997 retrocession to China, fears were widespread that the rights and freedoms enjoyed under colonial rule would be eroded, that the rule of law would be weakened and that corruption would increase. Soon, the first blows were struck against the rule of law via an NPCSC ruling which overturned the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal. Successive interventions by Beijing in Hong Kong's legal and political affairs have given rise to fears about the loss of the rule of law and loss of identity. These fears have subsequently provoked mass street demonstrations, including the 'Umbrella Revolution' of 2014. But, as this book shows, Hong Kongers also use less explicit arts of resistance to maintain their identity.

Other Jurisdictions , Hong Kong, Law and Society, China
Introduction: the lie of the land
1. Walls of law
2. The transition: fears and fantasies
3. Danger, death and disappearance
4. The disappearance of Yu Man Hon
5. Patrolling the walls of law
6. The law wars - wayward children and the right of abode cases
7. The law wars - the flag cases
8. The law wars - Article 23 and the 1 July 2003 march
9. The law wars - law as politics, politics as law
10. The law wars - law and civil society
11. The law wars - interpreting the law
12. The culture wars - globalism, nationalism and localism
13. The culture wars - creating the nation
14. The culture wars - education and the cultivation of identity
15. The culture wars - history, identity and the nostalgia boom
16. The culture wars - freedom of the press
17. Conclusion: lost and found.