THE COMING FALL CAMPAIGN: A PREVIEW

  Posted:  Sept. 16, 2009    “We’ve been talking about democracy since the Qing Dynasty,” said one exasperated participant in the Hong Kong equivalent of a town hall meeting.  Debate and discussion has continued throughout the summer but this early September...

July First: End of the Road or a New Beginning?

  Posted:  July 28, 2009   Now that the July First anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty has been transformed into a day of competing partisan street demonstrations, all morning-after spin naturally follows in the same spirit.  This year’s...

July First: One City, Two Political Cultures

Posted:  July 7, 2009 Although July First is now a public holiday, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 still has no name.  The official “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day” has yet to catch on, probably because...

A Not-So-Special Election

  Posted:  June 26, 2009   On Sunday June 21, a special election was held in Hong Kong for a vacant seat on its Wanchai District Council.  This was the second such election to be held this year but unlike the March poll that set precedents for judicial...