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Hong Kong the super paradox : life after return to China
Hsiung, James Chieh, 1935-
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 358 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Government and political change in the Hong Kong special administrative region / LAU Siu-Kai -- Hong Kong's economy in the midst of a currency crisis / HO Loksang -- The securities and futures markets: from 1 July 1997, the year under review / Anthony Neoh -- Paradoxes of Hong Kong's reversion: the legal dimension / Daniel R. Fung -- Strategic development of the Hong Kong SAR: social policy, EIB model, and implications / Beatrice Leung -- The Hong Kong press: a post-1997 assessment / Frank Ching -- The paradox of Hong Kong as a non-sovereign international actor: an update / James C. Hsiung -- Hong Kong, China, and the United States / Danny S. L. Paau -- Weathering the Asian financial storm in Hong Kong / Y.Y. Kueh -- HKSAR's relations with its Chinese sovereign / TING Wai -- Hong Kong's reversion and its impact on Macau / Bolong Liu -- The Hong Kong SAR: prisoner of legacy or history's bellwether? / James C. Hsiung.
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Hong Kong the Super Paradox cuts into the cold reality of post-colonial Hong Kong, which demonstrates a paradoxical normalcy in its internal politics belying all pre-1997 prophecies of doom, and offers plausible reasons for the wide discrepancy between expectations and outcome. It reveals that despite earlier contrary rosy expectations about the continuity in its international status, the post-1997 Hong Kong has, again paradoxically, encountered difficulties in its external eligibility to act, as in the actual cases examined. On the economic front, the book likewise contrasts the earlier high expectations in some quarters regarding Hong Kong's future after the handover and the totally unanticipated economic downturn brought on by the financial turmoil hitting the Asian Pacific region in 1997-1998.

Author Notes

James C. Hsiung is Professor of Politics at New York University

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Choice Review

Unlike Alvin So's Embattled Democracy (CH, Jul'00), which reviewed Hong Kong's evolution from a nondemocracy to a contested democracy, this timely volume, edited by James C. Hsiung (New York Univ.), analyzes the city's political, social, and economic conditions after its return to China. The book contains three parts including 12 chapters. Following an introduction, chapters 1 through 6 examine the domestic aspects of the Special Administrative Region's experience, seeking to demonstrate that Hong Kong has fared much better than was presaged by the media and the prophets of doom. Chapters 7 through 11 cover Hong Kong's foreign affairs, pointing out that its experience contradicted the earlier, somehow optimistic forecasts. Chapter 12 suggests that, as a model of the unprecedented "one country, two systems," Hong Kong is trying to integrate two incompatible sociopolitical systems into a symbiotic governance structure, but it also suggests that whether the city "can be a bellwether of history depends largely on whether it can free itself from being a mere 'prisoner' of an unmitigated legacy from its past." Highly recommended for undergraduates, graduate student, and faculty. S. K. Ma; California State University, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

James C. HsiungLAU Siu-kaiHO LoksangAnthony NeohDaniel R. FungBeatrice LeungFrank ChingJames C. HsiungDanny S. L. PaauY.Y. KuehTING WaiBolong LiuJames C. Hsiung
Foreword and Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introduction: The Paradox Syndrome and Updatep. 1
Part I The Domestic Scene
1. Government and Political Change in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regionp. 35
2. Hong Kong's Economy in the Midst of a Currency Crisisp. 59
3. The Securities and Futures Markets: From 1 July 1997, the Year under Reviewp. 75
4. Paradoxes of Hong Kong's Reversion: The Legal Dimensionp. 105
5. Strategic Development of the Hong Kong SAR: Social Policy, EIB Model, and Implicationsp. 125
6. The Hong Kong Press: A Post-1997 Assessmentp. 153
Part II The External Scene
7. The Paradox of Hong Kong as a Non-Sovereign International Actor: An Updatep. 171
8. Hong Kong, China, and the United Statesp. 201
9. Weathering the Asian Financial Storm in Hong Kongp. 235
10. HKSAR's Relations with Its Chinese Sovereignp. 265
11. Hong Kong's Reversion and Its Impact on Macaup. 289
Part III Conclusions
12. The Hong Kong SAR: Prisoner of Legacy or History's Bellwether?p. 307
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 349
Acronymsp. 352
Indexp. 354