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“言有尽而意无穷” [Words and meanings are endless].
In the run up to the book launch scheduled for 13 July 2021, the folks at Little Sir Press have organized a series of short conversations about my new book, "Hong Kong Between 'One Country' and 'Two Systems'."
I am delighted, then, to make available the next in the series of video recordings of conversations about the book with my former research assistant Matthew McQuilla (Penn State International Affairs MIA 2021). Today we discuss Chapter 7 (Wednesday 7August 2019); "Stop the Storm and Restore Order!" [“止暴制乱、恢复秩序”！]: A Warning About Criminal Elements, the Black Hand (“黑手”), and the Corruption of the Patriotic Education of the Young."
The Chapter raises a number of important elements in the conflict among the central and local authorities, the protesters, and the international community. These touch on the insertion of the trope of the "black hand" of foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs, the criticism of education in Hong Kong and its contribution to the chaos, and the development of notions that deception and complicity with internationalist and foreign forces that might undermine national sovereignty and integrity. It is at this moment that the critical discursive tropes that will be refined by the central authorities now appear--the notion of duped citizens, of the irreconcilability between internationalism and patriotism, the storm imagery (that becomes a powerful discursive vehicle), and the first warning shot about education being in the cross hairs of the authorities.
The video of the conversation about Chapter 6 may be accessed HERE.