Hong Kong’s place in the world is being re-defined by rapid changes at the local and global levels. Drawing on their deep expertise in this area, HKU scholars take various perspectives to look at how these changes have been shaping the city across economic, social, cultural, and political domains, and possible directions in future.
Finding a New Groove
Economic activity has defined Hong Kong in ways that cannot be said of most other cities. The pragmatic focus on the bottom line has enabled it to thrive in the wake of war, revolution, political uncertainty, major financial crises and disease scares (e.g.SARS). Now the economy faces direct challenges from changing demographics, regional and global competition, and rapid technological development, can the city stay strong and flourish? Two HKU scholars see an optimistic future.
The People’s Perspective
How Hong Kong residents identify themselves – as Hongkonger, Chinese and/or other – is changing and will have implications for the development of civil society.
Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, Director of the Public Opinion Programme, and Professor Eliza Lee Wing-yee, Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance, have been tracking the changes.