The uneasy relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China since the British handover in 1997 have caught both scholarly and public attentions in Hong Kong, in Mainland China, and across the world at large. Including ten essays by scholars in anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, and socio-legal studies across three continents, this volume sheds light on Hong Kong’s relations with Britain and China by contextualizing the triangular relationship in the territory’s history from its cession to Britain during the Opium War (1839-42) to the twentieth anniversary of the Handover in 2017. In the introductory essay entitled “Straddling the Handover: Colonialism and Decolonization in British and PRC Hong Kong,” I critically review British colonialism and decolonization in Hong Kong and discuss the extent to which the notion of “internal colonialism” can be applied in explaining the Hong Kong-Mainland relationship for the past two decades.
This edited volume evolved from the conference entitled “From a British to a Chinese Colony? Hong Kong Society in the Past and Today” that I convened at the Asian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford in 2012.