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Authors

Aaron MokFollow

Faculty Sponsor

Karen-edis Barzman

Abstract

Hong Kong’s “One Country, Two Systems” government regime will end by 2047and it will promote the country’s integration into the People’s Republic of China (PRC). To ensure a smooth transition, by eliminating the border and other forms of geographic barriers that separate the two countries, the PRC has been issuing measures to promote integration. However, despite on-going practices of integration, Hong Kong continues to strengthen its border with China through infrastructural and bureaucratic means, reinforcing a British-colonial era border regime. Thus, my research focuses on this contradiction between the elimination and reinforcement of the Hong Kong-China border as an attempt to understand the socio-political forces that have produced this dynamic. Analyzing the historical conditions that have produced the Hong Kong-China border regime through the lens of material and visual culture, I have come to the conclusion that Hong Kong continues to invest in the border as a political strategy to resist Mainlandization so that its autonomy continues to be preserved.

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