The Hong Kong Story
This timely book chronicles the history of Hong Kong from its misty beginnings to the present day. The territory's unique and turbulent political and economic development form the backdrop to a still more compelling and human story. The essence of The Hong Kong Story is the interwoven sagas of the family dynasties and business houses - vital ingredients in transforming the `barren rock' into a miracle city state.
These families were by no means all British and Chinese: by the mid-nineteenth century Hong Kong was already a cosmopolitan city with a prominent American contingent. It is the collective spirit of these nationalities - grit, optimism, practicality, ruthlessness, generosity, resilience - that lies at the heart of modern Hong Kong's unique East-West chemistry. The book follows the waxing and waning fortunes of these dynasties and entrepreneurs through the convulsions of the Opium Wars, the collapse of imperial China, Japanese occupation, mass immigration, communist takeover in China, the Cultural Revolution, frequent booms and busts, and the approach of `one country, two systems'. It a fascinating story of how human enterprise, rising above ethnic divides, has endowed a coastal enclave in Asia with not only unimaginable riches but a unique identity.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Emporium Matures
Phoenix in the Fire
Workshop of the World
3 other sections not shown
arrived in Hong Basic Law became boat Britain building businessman Canton Cantonese cent centre chairman Chinese Clementi communist Company comprador country-two systems David David Akers-Jones dollars Dynasty East economic elected emperor empire Eurasian European expatriate factory foreign Fung future Government House Governor Guangdong handover harbour Harilela Hong Kong Chinese Hong Kong Club Hong Kong island Hongkong and Shanghai Hongkong Land Hotel imperial investment Jardine Joint Declaration Ka-shing Kadoorie Kong's Kowloon later Legco Legislative Council living Macau Maclehose mainland Matheson ment merchants Michael Herries million opened opium opium trade Palmerston Patten Peak Peking political population Portuguese Qing Qing Dynasty refugees Robert Hotung Sassoon Shamian Shanghai Shanghai Bank Shanghainese Street Sun Yat-sen Swire taipan Territories textile Tiananmen Tianjin tion Treaty of Nanking Treaty of Tianjin Treaty Ports Tung Tung Chee-hwa Victoria villages Western Whampoa Y. K. Pao