Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare

Sammy Chiu and Victor Wong

in East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345523
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302162 | DOI:
Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare

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This chapter focuses on the ways in which the new Hong Kong SAR government has been appealing to traditional Confucian values to emphasise nationhood and reinforce and legitimize the maintenance of a residual form of social welfare provision. It shows how the Chinese government of the SAR is actually building on the twin pillars of the colonial legacy in social policy: positive non-intervention and familistic residualism. It uses policies towards younger and older people to illustrate the heavy political emphasis on Confucian values in the new Hong Kong.

Keywords: Hong Kong SAR; Confucian values; nationhood; social welfare provision; familistic residualism; China

Chapter.  8067 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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