Hong Kong then and now. On the right, the handover ceremony in 1997. On the left, a 2016 protest about the National People Congress’ interpretation of the Basic Law. Hongkongers used to be politically apathetic and clear-headed, but have they lost their way after 1997? Photos: K.Y. Cheng, Martin Chan
Alice Wu
Opinion

Opinion

Alice Wu

Hong Kong isn’t dead (yet), but it has lost its edge

  • Alice Wu says Hongkongers lost their way after the handover, becoming complacent even as the rise of mainland China chipped away at Hong Kong’s confidence

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Hong Kong then and now. On the right, the handover ceremony in 1997. On the left, a 2016 protest about the National People Congress’ interpretation of the Basic Law. Hongkongers used to be politically apathetic and clear-headed, but have they lost their way after 1997? Photos: K.Y. Cheng, Martin Chan
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