Department of Government and International Studies
Hong Kong-China relations over three decades of change: From apprehension to integration to clashes
The civil disobedience movement of Occupy Central, or what is more popularly known as the Umbrella Movement, which took place in Hong Kong between 26 September and 15 December 2014 was indisputably a watershed moment in the former colony. 1 Based on William Sewell Jr.’s conceptualization of “event” in social change, the authors argue that the Umbrella Movement was not a single, contingent political incident. Rather it represented a structural change in Hongkongers’ perceived relation with the Chinese government, which was deeply connected with the change of specific cultural, economic and political factors pertinent to the Hong Kong society in the past three decades. In conclusion, the authors suggest that Hongkongers’ cultural perception of the closing-in of the central government’s power is a key determinant of the perceived Hong Kong-China relation.
Occupy Central, Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong-China relation, social movement, event, social change
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National University of Singapore Press
Ho, W., & Tran, E. (2019). Hong Kong-China relations over three decades of change: From apprehension to integration to clashes. China. Retrieved from https://repository.hkbu.edu.hk/hkbu_staff_publication/6582