One Country, Two Cultures: Can Hong Kong Find Its Way?
China Institute hosted a timely panel discussion on February 12, 2020 on “One Country, Two Cultures,” encompassing the ongoing upheaval in Hong Kong and the deep anxiety and frustration motivating new questions about the complex framework that has bound Hong Kong and the PRC together since 1997. Below, we present quotes, photos, and the full event video for your perusal.
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Quotes from the Panel
“People still cannot contemplate why Hong Kong people viewed [the government] with anger. People cannot imagine petrol bombs and the violent scenes [from Hong Kong]. That really relates to how poeple see Hong Kong. …There are two basic expectations of Hong Kong poeple in the implementation of one country two cultures: the first is democratization, we have the expectation [hong Kong] will become more and more liberal. The second is the security generated by the healthy system. …But for the past 5 years, hope faded and the expectation and the secuirty collapsed.” -Nathan Law
“Hong Kong’s economy, and its growth and evolution alongside China, belongs in this conversation.” -Jiayang Fan
“The question is, does [China] exert control to keep bad things from spreading? Or, in the process, do you risk killing the goose that laid the golden egg?” -Patrick Chovanec
“The idea of Hong Kong’s people is interesting. The negotiation of identity [between Chinese and Hong Konger] is part of what fuels the unrest.” -Nathan Law
“Will China make Hong Kong the next Shenzhen?” -Jiayang Fan
“Why do you need Hong Kong if it is just like every other Chinese city? Hong Kong is its own city.” -Patrick Chovanec
Photos from the Event
Full Video of the Panel Discussion
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