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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 (registration required but free HERE), 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 8 (Thursday 8 August 2019) Assessing (Quan 權) the “Black Hand” (黑手) of Foreign Interference and the Justification for Intervention.
Chapter 8 elaborates aspects of Guiguzi's Assessing (Quan 權). It is a point in the narrative where it is finally possible to take stock of the way that events from 9 June 2019 had by this point substantially changed the character and stakes of the contest between local and central authorities, the protesters, and now the international community (consisting of states, on the one hand and international organizations). As I suggest at the start of this chapter: " The use of ‘assessing’ (quan 權) strategies appear to mark the form of approaches to the object of persuading internal and external listeners, listeners very differently situated, that the great source of the problem in Hong Kong is entirely due to the machinations of external forces externalizing the negative and threatening aspect of the situation in Hong Kong. That object of externalization is focused on appeasing the opposition through notions of a return to equilibrium, of fawning talk , of a measure of erudition, but mostly of ‘power (authoritative) talk’ (quan 權), ‘resolute talk’’ (jue 決), and especially adverse talk’ (fan 反)." The object of this stock taking analysis is the introduction as a key element of the central authority's discursive framework the construction of the foreign other and the corruption of their influence on the situation in Hong Kong.
The video of the conversation about Chapter 8 may be accessed HERE.