Chan would claim, "we are facing an identity crisis in Hong Kong, particularity in the younger generation, people born after 1987 whose never known life other than under Chinese sovereignty. Hong Kong people pride themselves on the fact that we have an identity that is separate from the rest of China, we have core values rooted firmly in the rule of law, an open transparent accountable government, in protecting the rights and freedoms that we enjoyed under British colonial rule and which are protected under our constitution, the Basic Law. But today we see all these values being eroded."
Hong Kong does face an identity crisis. It has irreversibly become once again a
part of China after 142 years of foreign occupation by Britain. China now is a
nation rising upon the world's stage, exercising increasingly what could be
called "soft power" and developing its own institutions, organizations and laws
to manage society and to conduct business both within China's territory and
beyond it. What is eroding is not "the rule of law" or any of the other values
Chan cited, but rather the West's versions of them as they existed under British
colonial rule. These versions are being supplanted and incrementally replaced by
China's own institutions, legal and socioeconomic structures as they should
What is left of British colonial rule over Hong
Kong was originally designed to serve the British Empire, or in other words,
emptying out the resources and prosperity of foreign lands, and consolidating it
on behalf of London.
during the event in Washington, Anson Chan along with Martin Lee, a political
activist, lawyer, former legislator and now co-organizers of the ongoing Occupy
Central protests, would be confronted with the fact that mainland Chinese cities
like Shanghai appear positioned to overtake Hong Kong as a regional financial
Both Chan and Lee would insist that Hong
Kong's devotion to the vestigial institutions left over from nearly a century
and a half of British occupation were not only the keys to Hong Kong's past
success, but the keys also to its future success as well as in maintaining its
primacy as a financial and trade center for both China and greater Asia.
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