The British And Hong Kong

1237 WordsOct 27, 20145 Pages
From the outset, the British foundation has complicated the Hong Kong residents’ identity and relationship to the rest of China. The Communist Party allowed a one-country, two-system created an empire-like association of Hong Kong natives to the state of China. The Hong Kong demonstrators want “a free and direct election of the chief executive in 2017” (Wong 2014). Yet, many critics think that Hong Kong citizens already have a lot of freedoms. While Hong Kong strives for a more democratic rule, critics form the mainland fear the damage too much democracy can cause to the state. These two drastic points of view develop under one state due to the different approaches to the social cage. Although most of Hong Kong’s population are ethnically…show more content…
In contrast to Hong Kong empire relation to China, Beijing residents characterized themselves and Hong Kong residents as part of a nation-state. Beijing residents, especially those who opposed the Hong Kong protests are very patriotic. The “mainland Chinese in their 20s and 30s are stridently nationalistic and accepting of a government narrative that presents the Communist Party as the only entity capable of protecting an unwieldy country” (Jacobs 2014). The communist party, therefore, created a very united cohesive power as outline by Mann. Most of the elites of this society fully support the party. They do not understand how anyone could go against it. This type of mentality shows a strong social power which will later be use to explain why the protest did not receive support from mainland China even if there are grievances within this society. Accordingly, the difference characterizations of the China as either an empire or state might come from looking at Gorski theory of discipline. One of the more develop examples is protestant ethic teaching: how religious teachings can lead to a “profound transformation of social and institutional life, a disciplinary revolution, with far-reaching consequences

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