Hong Kong's colonial legacy

In her homage to those who love Hong Kong, Indelible City, Louisa Lim taps troubled artist Tsang Tsou-choi and the 2019 protests, but its overstated assertions give plenty of cause for pause.


One analyst said it was a question of ‘when, rather than whether’ Hong Kong follows sister city Singapore and other former British colonies in removing foreign influence from its judiciary.

In a newly declassified telegram to Britain’s Foreign Office, then governor David Wilson argued his proposals were ‘important to restoring local confidence in the future of Hong Kong’ after the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

On his visits to the city, he inaugurated a railway terminus, a dental teaching hospital, a power station and a wildlife education centre, reflecting his status as the queen’s ‘liegeman of life and limb’ and his own wide-ranging interests.