National flags of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state, await distribution in 1933. Manchuria existed as a country in its own right, both in premodern and more recent times. Photo: Getty Images
National flags of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state, await distribution in 1933. Manchuria existed as a country in its own right, both in premodern and more recent times. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Will Hong Kong be renamed Xianggang, its Mandarin name, in due course? Similar has happened before

  • Attempts in China to bury the past to fit the current political narrative saw the name ‘Manchuria’ officially retired
  • Only time will tell if ‘Hong Kong’ shape-shifts into ‘Xianggang, Asia’s World City’, with the old name relegated to ‘deprecated exonym’ status

National flags of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state, await distribution in 1933. Manchuria existed as a country in its own right, both in premodern and more recent times. Photo: Getty Images
National flags of Manchukuo, the Japanese puppet state, await distribution in 1933. Manchuria existed as a country in its own right, both in premodern and more recent times. Photo: Getty Images
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