China’s Hong Kong: A Political and Cultural Perspective

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Springer, May 9, 2017 - Social Science - 216 pages
This book differs from most others of its kind, by looking at the Hong Kong issue from China’s perspective, which in turn mirrors China’s own situation. Through a legal lens, the author conducts a political and cultural examination of the past and the present, and provides a comprehensive overview of the many theories and problems concerning Hong Kong. Including reflections on the theory of administrative absorption of politics, a historical review of “one country, two systems” and an analysis of the form and nature of the Basic Law, it offers a valuable reference resource for studying the historical, political and legal context of Hong Kong under the principle of “one country, two systems”. Instead of over-simplifying the issue of Hong Kong or only seeing it as a Chinese regional issue, the book regards it as a central Chinese issue and the key to understanding China.
 

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Contents

1 Reflections on Administrative Absorption of Politics
1
2 Silent Bitterness
15
3 The Walled City of Kowloon and the University of Hong Kong
31
4 The Art of Empire
43
5 Oceanic Thinking from a Continental Base
57
Between the Way of Humane and Hegemony
70
7 The Origin of One Country Two Systems
85
Country Versus State
103
China Versus Empire
117
10 The Form and Nature of the Basic Law
135
From Gradual Transition to Radical Revolution
154
Between Politics and Law
171
13 Chinas Sorrow
190
Afterword
211
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Jiang Shigong, born in 1967, is a professor of law in Peking University Law School, with research fields of jurisprudence, constitution, Hong Kong study and legal sociology. He held the chief editorship of Peking University Law Review magazine in 1998–1999, and studied as a visiting sholar in Law School of Columnbia University from 2001 to 2002. His major publications include China’s Hong Kong, Jurisprudence for Legislator, etc. as well as the translated work, The “Higher Law” Background of American Constitutional Law.

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