New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. First Edition (presumed), First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Good/Very Good. Ex-private library (French Centre for Research on Contemporary China). Black paper boards with silver lettering to spine. Some wear to head/tail of spine. Stamp to fore edge and to title page. Text block clean and unmarked. Binding tight and square. Light toning to text block. 14.5 x 22 cm. Index. 358 pp. / Good. Some wear and scratches to front. Item #13626
Hong Kong the Super Paradox cuts into the cold reality of post-colonial Hong Kong, which demonstrates a paradoxical normalcy in its internal politics belying all pre-1997 prophecies of doom, and offers plausible reasons for the wide discrepancy between expectations and outcome. It reveals that despite earlier contrary rosy expectations about the continuity in its international status, the post-1997 Hong Kong has, again paradoxically, encountered difficulties in its external eligibility to act, as in the actual cases examined. On the economic front, the book likewise contrasts the earlier high expectations in some quarters regarding Hong Kong’s future after the handover and the totally unanticipated economic downturn brought on by the financial turmoil hitting the Asian Pacific region in 1997-1998.