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

Carol Jones

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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.

Read more at http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/law/socio-legal-studies/lost-china-law-culture-and-identity-post-1997-hong-kong#UCJHSE1cFG6x78T1.99
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic) 9781316310380
ISBN (Print)9781107093379
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • law Hong Kong China identity politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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