The July 1 Protest Rally—Interpreting a Historic Event

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On 1 July 2003, more than half a million people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the Article 23 legislation and to demand democracy. The events attracted much international media attention. The Hong Kong crisis became an important issue high on the agenda of the Chinese leadership.

An analysis of the protest rally and subsequent events will certainly be of interest to the general public in the territory as well as to the international community who is concerned with the developments of Hong Kong. The editor has lined up a team of top experts in the territory to discuss the pertinent issues, and their contributions constitute the first authoritative volume on the historic event. The academic experts involved will examine a broad range of subjects; and it is hoped that the readers will have a comprehensive understanding of the significant issues facing Hong Kong at this stage while examining the protest rally on 1 July 2003.

This volume will be of interest to university students and academic in public administration and political science. Media professionals interested in the current affairs in Hong Kong will also find it a handy source of reference.
Pub. Date
Nov 1, 2005
620 pages
152 x 229 mm
1.   Introduction 
Part I — The Political Aspects
2.   The Hong Kong System Under One Country Being Tested
3.   China's Mission: To Re-caste Hong Kong
4.   The Hong Kong Case: China on Trial
5.   The Principal Officials Accountability System Accountability System
6.   The Implementation of the Principal Officials Accountability System
7.   How the Accountability System Failed in Less Than a Year
8.   The Organizational Failure of Hong Kong's Political Parties
9.   Under Fire: Hong Kong's Middle Class After 1997
Part II — The Economic Aspects
10. Housing as a mover of the Domestic Economy
11. A Review of the Housing Policy
12. Mainland China and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)
13. Labour and Employment in the Post-Handover Years
Part III — The Social Aspects
14. The Dilemma and Crisis for Public Welfare Payments in Hong Kong
15. Health Care Reform Intransigence and SARS Outbreak Mismanagement
16. Sustainable World City Building
17. A Review of Nature Conservation Policy
18. The Catholic Church and the HKSAR Government
19. A Critical Examination of the Drug Control Policy
Joseph Y. S. CHENG: Chair Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Contemporary China Research Project, City University of Hong Kong. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences and The Journal of Comparative Asian Development. He has published widely on the political development in China and Hong Kong, Chinese foreign policy and local government in southern China. He has recently edited volumes on China: A New Stage of Development for An Emerging Superpower; and The Second Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR: Evaluating the Tsang Years 2005–2012. He is now serving as convenor of the Alliance for True Democracy in Hong Kong.