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Identity Change from the National Security Debate to Celebrations of the Tenth Anniversary

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

in The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099081
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099081.003.0007
Identity Change from the National Security Debate to Celebrations of the Tenth Anniversary

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This chapter discusses the debate and process of the identity transformation of the citizens of Hong Kong. This move to pursue identity change of Hongkongers led to public outcry and to the postponement of the enactment of the National Bill of 2003 indefinitely. Although several Hongkongers see themselves as culturally Chinese, they do not equate their identification with the ruling party of the PRC. While the bill of identity change was fiercely opposed, it was gradually transformed into the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the HKSAR. The National Security Debate posed a threat to civil liberties while the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of HKSAR represented mainland China's glorious recovery of its sovereignty over Hong Kong.

Keywords: identity; Hong Kong; identity change; National Bill; Tenth Anniversary; sovereignty

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