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, China, and across the world at large. This edited 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. This multidisciplinary volume includes ten essays by scholars based in the UK, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan in anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, and socio-legal studies. In the introduction entitled “Straddling the Handover: Colonialism and Decolonization in British and PRC Hong Kong,” I critically review British colonialism and decolonization in Hong Kong and examined whether the notion of “internal colonialism” can be applied in examining the Hong Kong-Mainland relationship for the past two decades.
This edited volume is based on 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.