Is Hong Kong Losing its Identity?

By Mathew Wong

Mathew Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on democracy, income inequality, and Hong Kong politics. He is the author of Comparative Hong Kong Politics (Palgrave, 2017).

Hong Kong’s society and economy have changed under 20 years of Beijing’s influence. Chinese capital has bought out companies and real estate and job seekers from the mainland compete with Hong Kong citizens. The influx has generated social problems by exacerbating inequality, and many worry it is diminishing Hong Kong’s identity. The Cipher Brief spoke to Mathew Wong, a professor at the University of Hong Kong to learn more about how Beijing’s administration has changed Hong Kong economically and socially and what these changes could mean for its future.

The Cipher Brief:  Looking back at the transfer in 1997, what did experts and policymakers envision for Hong Kong’s future? Twenty years later, how does reality differ from that vision?

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