Hong Kong Twenty Years After Handover. Politics and Identity Under Reconstruction

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It is already 20 years since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China. During this time we could observe many social and political changes in Hong Kong. Some of the changes were inexorable, not only because of the need to implement the “one country, two systems” principle (including implementation of provisions of Sino-British Joint Declaration and HKSAR Basic Law), but also a need to adapt Hong Kong’s political system to the new political reality. Other changes are the result of internal debates and political processes. Many of those changes have raised concerns among Hongkongers (e.g. implementation of Article 23). Other required clarification and legal interpretations (e.g. the right of abode). In the past twenty years Hong Kong experienced protests with an “Umbrella movement” at the forefront. This period is also a time of social changes – young Hongkongers who can’t remember the time of British Hong Kong have become an important political group, we could observe the rise of localist and nativists groups, and the rise of the idea of self-determination of Hong Kong. We can also notice changes in identity of Hong Kongese citizens. 2017 seems to be an appropriate moment to discuss the above-mentioned processes. The panel will discuss the social and political processes taking place over the last twenty years in Hong Kong. Panel is also open for the papers concerning the discussion over future of Hong Kong.