Hong Kong protests are a fight for the city’s identity as the ‘edge’ between Chinese and Western culture

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As we come out of a long, hot, violent summer, Hong Kong definitely looks very much the worse for wear. How did we get to this point?

In a previous column, I talked about the importance of identity. I believe that calls for “Hong Kong independence” are really driven by a very strong sense of a unique Hong Kong identity, which is seen by many in the city to be under real threat. When people in Hong Kong say “we’re not Chinese, we’re Hongkongers”, they are referring to this sense of a special…

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