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Review: Stability and Prosperity in Hong Kong: The Twilight of Laissez-faire Colonialism?--A Review Article

Reviewed Works: Hong Kong: Economic, Social and Political Studies in Development. by Tzong-biau Lin, Rance P. Lee, Udo-Ernst Simonis; Social Life and Development in Hong Kong. by Ambrose Y. C. King, Rance P. Lee; Hong Kong: Dilemmas of Growth. by Leung Chi-keung, J. W. Cushman, Wang Gungwu; The Last Colony: But Whose? A Study of the Labor Movement, Labor Market and Labor Relations in Hong Kong. by H. A. Turner, P. Fosh, M. Gardner, K. Hart, R. Morris, S. H. Ng, M. Quinlan, D. Yerborg; Working Daughters of Hong Kong: Filial Piety or Power in the Family. by Janet W. Salaff; Hong Kong: Capitalist Paradise. by Jon Woronoff
Review by: Ming K. Chan
The Journal of Asian Studies
Vol. 42, No. 3 (May, 1983), pp. 589-598
DOI: 10.2307/2055519
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2055519
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Both Beijing and London have vowed to maintain Hong Kong's stability and prosperity in the uncertainty surrounding the expiration of the New Territories Lease in 1997. The six books under review are timely but not entirely successful attempts to trace local socioeconomic developments since the riots of 1967. Three major themes emerge. The still-prevalent Chinese family system and social values have provided the foundation for political stability during this period of drastic changes. The general "prosperity" also entails human sacrifices and widening inequitable distribution of this increased wealth. The policies of the colonial administration have been a far cry from the ideals of laissez-faire government, and yet much remains to be done to make Hong Kong a just society.

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