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Student Activism in AsiaBetween Protest and Powerlessness$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679683

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679683.001.0001

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Hongkong: Problemsof Identity and Independence

Hongkong: Problemsof Identity and Independence

(p.79) 3 Hongkong: Problemsof Identity and Independence
Student Activism in Asia

Stephan Ortmann

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter addresses two interrelated issues that diminished the influence of student activism in Hong Kong. First, even though student activists still continued to participate in politics, they increasingly confirmed their interest with the interest of other political groups as a result of the increasing openness of the political system, the massification of higher education, and their persistent apathy fueled by a prevailing sense of powerlessness. Second, Hong Kong’s territorial identity as an autonomous but not independent entity led to divisions within the student movements. Some student activists believed in Hong Kong’s unification with the mainland while some believed in reforming the colonial government.

Keywords:   student activism, territorial identity, colonial government, Hong Kong

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