• Daniel GarrettEmail author


This chapter introduces the contemporary political situation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region noting that after 17 years of Chinese communist rule the Region is a vivacious and provocative enclave of counter-hegemonic protest and resistance towards local and mainland dominate forces. It explains how Hong Kong, as a special enclave within the People’s Republic of China, continues to enjoy limited democracy and liberal freedoms such as freedom of speech, press, and protest under the “one country, two systems” ideology though these areas have become increasingly contested. Subsequently it introduces and briefly elucidates how the visibility of subaltern protest in the Region reflects a counter-hegemonic struggle over the visuality of the city and the “one country, two systems” notion which has most vividly been manifested in the visual disruptions of hegemonic notions of Hong Kong as an economic, not political, city, and of “one country, two systems” as a success. It concludes by describing data and methods employed in this exploratory study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.City University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong SAR

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