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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 9 (Friday 9 August 2019) Thoughts on Violent Popular (Mob?) Action Against the Solid Virtues of Prosperity and Stability; Considering Albert Chen Hung-yee 陳弘毅 Essay on the Situation in Hong Kong Part 2: 一國兩制的博弈 ["The Game of One Country Two Systems"].
9 ( is particularly interesting for the way in which it considers for the first time the way in which well intentioned and quite brilliant elite academics sought to mediate what was by now a worsening situation in Hong Kong, at least in the sense that the parties appeared to be hardening their positions and increasing talking past each other. The Chapter is also particularly interesting for its first engagement with what becomes a great theme of the central authorities--the need t use whatever methods were necessary to restore stability and prosperity to Hong Kong. That discursive trope--stability and prosperity--would play a significant role later. But here, picked up first by the academic elite, "stability and prosperity was attempted to be used as a means of establishing something like common ground. That it failed would be obvious only in retrospect. The assumption that both the street discourse of the protest movements and the conceptual discourse of the central authorities invested the principle of stability and prosperity with the same meaning was proved to be quite mistaken. And in the process that mistake revealed the widening gulf between the protesters and the central authorities.
The video of the conversation about Chapter 9 may be accessed HERE.