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A History of Hong Kong

By Frank Welsh

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Paperback (688 pages)

A History of Hong Kong
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In 1842 a "barren island" was reluctantly ceded by China to an unenthusiastic Britain. "Hong Kong", grumbled Palmerston, "will never be a mart of trade". But from the outset the new colony prospered, its early growth owing much to the energy and resourcefulness of opium traders, who soon diversified in more respectable directions. In 1859 the Kowloon Peninsula was sold to Britain, and in 1898 a further area of the mainland, the "New Territories", was leased to Britain for 99 years - the arrangement from which the present difficulties spring. Despite its extraordinary economic success, which has made it one of the world's leading commercial centres, Hong Kong has never quite shaken off the raffishness of its early days. It has continued to be a source of embarrassment to British governments, and now, as its enforced return to China approaches, its future is the focus of worldwide attention and speculation. This work is an evocation of Hong Kong and the characters of those who shaped it, from its buccaneering origins to its post-war growth.

A Modern History of Hong Kong

By Steve Tsang

I.B.Tauris
Released: 2007-09-04
Paperback (352 pages)

A Modern History of Hong Kong
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From a little-known fishing community at the periphery of China, Hong Kong developed into one of the world's most spectacular and cosmopolitan metropoles after a century and a half of British imperial rule. This history of Hong Kong -- from its occupation by the British in 1841 to its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 -- includes the foundation of modern Hong Kong; its developments as an imperial outpost, its transformation into the ""pearl"" of the British Empire and of the Orient and the events leading to the end of British rule. Based on extensive research in British and Chinese sources, both official and private, the book addresses the changing relations between the local Chinese and the expatriate communities in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of a local identity. It ends with a critical but dispassionate examination of Hong Kong's transition from a British Crown Colony to a Chinese Special Administrative Region.

Hong Kong Apothecary: a Visual History of Chinese Medicine Packaging

By Simon Go

MCCM Creations
Released: 2003-06-30
Paperback (200 pages)

Hong Kong Apothecary: a Visual History of Chinese Medicine Packaging
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This book transports us to the exotic world of Chinese Medicine – a world of saan (powders), yun (pills), gou (plasters), dann (pellets), etc for every known ailment. These forms had a direct influence on the materials, typefaces, patterns, and compositions used in packaging. It documents contemporary changes in the packaging of Chinese patent medicines and stores since the mid-19th.

The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District (Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies Series)

By Richard J. Garrett

Blacksmith Books
Released: 2018-07-03
Hardcover (220 pages)

The Peak: An Illustrated History of Hong Kong’s Top District (Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Studies Series)
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The Peak is Hong Kong's top residential district, where property prices are as high as the altitude. How did it become an exclusive enclave in the bustling business center of 19th-century Asia?

The British wanted relief from summer heat and the Peak was the obvious place to escape it. When the Governor adopted Mountain Lodge as a summer getaway, development accelerated and the opening of the Peak Tram in 1888 made access easier. Gradually a community developed and a church, a club and a school were established.

This book describes how the now-popular tourist area developed over time and adapted as needs changed.

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in World and International History)

By John M. Carroll

Brand: Rowman Littlefield Publishers
Paperback (288 pages)

A Concise History of Hong Kong (Critical Issues in World and International History)
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When the British occupied the tiny island of Hong Kong during the First Opium War, the Chinese empire was well into its decline, while Great Britain was already in the second decade of its legendary "Imperial Century." From this collision of empires arose a city that continues to intrigue observers. Melding Chinese and Western influences, Hong Kong has long defied easy categorization. John M. Carroll's engrossing and accessible narrative explores the remarkable history of Hong Kong from the early 1800s through the post-1997 handover, when this former colony became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The book explores Hong Kong as a place with a unique identity, yet also a crossroads where Chinese history, British colonial history, and world history intersect. Carroll concludes by exploring the legacies of colonial rule, the consequences of Hong Kong's reintegration with China, and significant developments and challenges since 1997.

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

By Gordon Mathews

University of Chicago Press
Released: 2011-06-30
Paperback (256 pages)

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
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There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet.

But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. A world away from the gleaming headquarters of multinational corporations, Chungking Mansions is emblematic of the way globalization actually works for most of the world’s people. Gordon Mathews’s intimate portrayal of the building’s polyethnic residents lays bare their intricate connections to the international circulation of goods, money, and ideas. We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families. And we see that this so-called ghetto—which inspires fear in many of Hong Kong’s other residents, despite its low crime rate—is not a place of darkness and desperation but a beacon of hope.

Gordon Mathews’s compendium of riveting stories enthralls and instructs in equal measure, making Ghetto at the Center of the World not just a fascinating tour of a singular place but also a peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet.

Hong Kong's History: State and Society Under Colonial Rule (Asia's Transformations)

Routledge
Released: 1999-08-12
Paperback (217 pages)

Hong Kong s History: State and Society Under Colonial Rule (Asia s Transformations)
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Rewriting Hong Kong's history from the bottom up, the chapters investigate vital, but hitherto obscured, aspects of the colony's rise. They cover the Chinese collaboration with the colonial regime, legal discrimination and intimidation, rural politics, social movements, government-business relations, industrial policy, flexible manufacturing and colonial historiography.
Drawing together contributions from historians, sociologists and political scientists, the book highlights the role played by a variety of social actors in Hong Kong's history and differs both from recent celebrations of British colonialism and anti-colonial Chinese nationalism.

Hong Kong: Here Be Dragons

By Rick Browne

Stewart Tabori & Chang
Hardcover (224 pages)

Hong Kong: Here Be Dragons
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In a pictorial essay of a city in transition, eleven photographers focus their talents on Hong Kong as it prepares to transfer from British colonial rule to Chinese rule in 1997.

City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong (Penguin Specials: The Hong Kong Series)

By Antony Dapiran

Penguin Books China
Paperback (100 pages)

City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong (Penguin Specials: The Hong Kong Series)
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Hong Kong is a city with a long history of civil disobedience. Antony Dapiran explores the historical and social stimuli and implications of public dissident movements from the turbulent 1960s until the most recent wave of protests, which became apparent in the 2014 Occupy Central movement. What emerges from these grassroots movements is a unique Hong Kong identity, one shaped neither by Britain nor China. City of Protest is a compelling look at the often-fraught relationship between politics and belonging, and a city’s struggle to assert itself.


 
 
 

 
 
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