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Indelible City: Dispossesion and Defiance in Hong Kong

by Louisa Lim - £12.99  The Text Publishing Company (2022)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781922458513 | ISBN 10: 1922458511

The story of Hong Kong has long been obscured by competing myths: to Britain, a ‘barren rock’ with no appreciable history; to China, a part of Chinese soil from time immemorial that had at last returned to the ancestral fold. To its inhabitants, the city was a place of refuge and rebellion, whose own history was so little taught that they began mythmaking their own past.
 
When protests erupted in 2019 and were met with escalating suppression from Beijing, Louisa Lim — raised in Hong Kong as a half-Chinese, half-English child, and now a reporter who had covered the region for a decade — realised that she was uniquely positioned to unearth Hong Kong’s untold stories.
 
Lim’s deeply researched and personal account is startling, casting new light on key moments: the British takeover in 1842, the negotiations over the 1997 return to China, and the future Beijing seeks to impose. Indelible City features guerrilla calligraphers, amateur historians and archaeologists who, like Lim, aim to put Hong Kongers at the centre of their own story.
 
Wending through it all is the King of Kowloon, whose iconic street art both embodied and inspired the identity of Hong Kong — a site of disappearance and reappearance, power and powerlessness, loss and reclamation.

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