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TOTAL LICENSING
CONCLUSION Chinese. We have
observed that China
It is easy for a Westerner to understand the was wise enough not
difference between the Hong Kong Cantonese to kill the chicken that
Chinese and the large mass of land that holds so laid the golden eggs
many different regions, each of which has their but what happens to
own characteristics which are different even the chicken when age
between themselves. It is difficult, however, to catches up with it and
truly enter into the depth of the Chinese feeling it stops laying eggs?
and psyche. The Psyche has been nourished by Does it wind up in the
what is certainly justly perceived as a 100 years soup pot?
of the belittling of China by foreigners. This
makes it very difficult to predict how the future Observation and history showed us how Hong
after the Olympics will play out. Kong became itself and how China became the
China that made the decision to
A SUCCESSOR TO HONG KONG’S STATUS??
invent the “Special Administra-
tive Region” and most likely will
Dongguan Province has long served as a getaway to the
unmake those decisions made
mainland because of its easy access to Southern Chine.
later when it is convenient. A for-
Today the province and especially its Pearl River Delta which
mer Hong Kong Governor, Lord
includes Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Shenzhen soaks up for-
MacLehose observed “the main
eign investment and has become the leading production base
trouble with holding elections
for consumer goods from toys to textiles and vehicles.
and making decisions is that
Previously farm land, it has seen a development into a
you don’t know in advance
processing powerhouse.
how they are going to turn
It competes with Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta. It
out”. And he was right!
is advancing under Governor Huang Huahua to promote
technological innovation rather than low end exports.
I hope that my stories and his-
Migrant workers make up a significant part (5 million) of its
torical glimpses have described for
you how the dough was fashioned
Bruce Lee - a Hong Kong symbol
work force. And in 2008 its exports amounted to $86.73
billion, up 16% from 2007. Foreign direct investment in 2008
that made today’s Chinese fortune
sure their financial existence, comfort and even,
totaled $4.21 billion, up 14.9% from 2007.
cookie. That printed paper strip
if limited, freedoms.
Total population of the province is 94.49 million people of
on the inside of the cookie, how-
whom 99% are Han Chinese. It is China’s most populous
ever, remains unknown…until after
They are really at the forefront of the victory
province, although with its 196,000 square kilometers it is
you have paid the waiter. He then
of capitalism over Mao, or Stalin, or Castro-type
only China’s fifteenth largest in population. Its coastline,
hands you the cookie, and even
socialist conservative doctrines. Naturally the
however, which measures 4,300 kilometers is one fifth of
then you won’t know whether to
same tensions between old values and new ex-
China’s total coast.
believe the message or not. The
pectations exist also here – but, as our tourist
West, obviously, will have to pay
guide told us, “happiness is practical!”
the waiter and hope for the best.
Their real feelings mostly seen to favor the sta-
There is no doubt that the Communist Party In my opinion: Hong Kong will be just anoth-
tus quo. They seem to have a split personality
is firmly entrenched in its political preeminence er Chinese city as it becomes unimport-
between self interest, appreciation of their ad-
and that economic success, while advancing a ant due to the growth and importance of
vantages, and a vague feeling of pride in China’s
lot of the Chinese middle class does not neces- other cities in China who will takeover!
accomplishments.
sarily mean that new thoughts or habits may not
be created. We must not, however, confuse all I’d like to close with Albert Einstein’s quote: “In
Let’s quote the South China Morning Post of
this with a true desire for democracy that China theory, theory and practice are the same.
May 5
th
:
never knew in their thousands of years past. In practice they are not”.
MORE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG ELECTIONS
It is easier to look
The Democratic Party in Hong Kong has a long and admirable history. It pro-
at glitzy Hong View from America is a Total Licens-
vided popular input and support of more democratic principles during British
Kong and under- ing magazine column written regularly
rule, but its influence in the legislative council elections which will take place in
stand that be- by George Medina of New York-based
September 2008 is shrinking rapidly.
cause of its lack Intercontinental Licensing. The column is
It has only sufficient votes to win one seat and the famous Martin Lee who had
of the typical Chi- intended to give our readers worldwide
stepped down was now joined in his retirement by other Democratic leaders.
nese history, it has some idea of the American mind set and
Theoretically the constituencies of the legislative council have been changed
its own history, incidentally his own opinion to help them
from a move towards universal suffrage to functional constituencies where
and is even more understand key issues in today’s world.
candidates shall be selected by groups who focused on their own narrow sec-
strange to the If you have any questions, comments or
tored interests.
Chinese mainland opinions on the column, do please contact
The voters seem to prefer politically moderate younger candidates, to protect
than, for instance, us at Total Licensing or, alterntively, con-
the Beijing oriented activists from being outvoted by such as the old fashioned
Taiwan which tact George directly on (212) 683 5830.
compromising majorities that could never prevail against the officially favored
after all was set- email: interny@intercontinental-ltd.
pro-Beijing organizations.
tled by mainland
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