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Hong Kong: The BBC continued the fantasy of the special virtues of the Britain’s empire … ‘There’s a genuine fondness for Britain’s decent contribution here.’  Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head V: The Lordly Ones ***** handover ceremony commentary, BBC 2021

 

 

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  Supersized Earth I, BBC 2012

 

 

Hong Kong’s notorious gangstas  the Triads …  Scam City s2e4: Hong Kong, National Geographic 2014 

 

Everybody is fighting over the money including gangstas.  ibid.

 

But once you stop handing out the sweets she turns into an extortionist.  ibid.

 

 

Hong Kong falls to Japan in just seventeen days.  World War II: The Apocalypse: American Allies aka Apocalypse: The Second World War: World Ablaze, France 2 2009

 

 

The story of how Hong Kong came to be British reflects the empire’s often ruthless pursuit of profit.  Jeremy Paxman, Empire IV: Making a Fortune, BBC 2012

 

 

Hong Kong created a quasi-Christian society of God-worshippers, that attracted the support of tens of millions of Chinese.  Niall Ferguson, Civilisation: Is the West History? VI Work, Channel 4 2011

 

 

China was an unknown forbidden.  For four centuries her shores hadn't been touched by the West.  Tai-Pan 1986 starring Bryan Brown & John Stanton & Joan Chen & Tim Guinee & Bill Leadbitter & Russell Wong & Katy Behean & Kyra Sedgwick & Janine Turner & Norman Turner & Norman Rodway et al, director Dayle Duke

 

The foreigners poison us with Opium.  ibid.  opening address

 

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of a group of Hong Kong publishers after a lawmaker said at least one of the men could have been abducted by Chinese authorities because of plans to publish a book on President Xi Jinping’s love-life.  ibid.  

 

 

Lee Bo became the fifth man working for the Mighty Current publishing house to have gone missing, it emerged on Friday, after four of his colleagues disappeared in October.  Telegraph online article 4th January 2016 ‘Hong Kong Booksellers Disappear After Planning Book on Xi Jinping’s Love Life’

 

 

More than half of us now live in cities.  And more of us are moving in.  By 2050 two-thirds of the planet will be city-dwellers.  We’re exploring four iconic cities in all four corners of the world.  World’s Busiest Cities s1e1: Hong Kong, BBC 2017

 

Hong Kong: a city driven skywards by trade and money.  ibid.

 

Hong Kong harbour: one of the busiest ports in the world.  More than 1,000 vessels pass through here each day.  ibid.  

 

Nearly seven a half million people cram themselves into Hong Kong’s tiny geographic footprint.  ibid.

 

A cathedral of capitalism on communist shores.  ibid.

 

The most expensive real estate in the world.  ibid.

 

‘Just this bed.  There’s no kitchen.’ … About six foot of space lengthwise.’  ibid.  tenant of corridor cupboard

 

People here are obsessed by luck and love to gamble.  ibid.

 

Metal and glass skyscrapers dominate the skyline.  ibid.

 

 

Hong Kong: This is absolutely astonishing.  I never thought we would see this.  It’s sitting here doing nothing … People have put this in their recycling bins; they thought it was going to be recycled and yet it’s just stuck in this log-jam.  Dirty Business: What Really Happens to Your Recycling, Sky News 2018

 

 

For five months huge protests have rocked Hong Kong.  Hundreds of thousands of people taking on the authorities and the might of China.  So why are they risking so much in an ever more violent battle.  And how will this struggle end for ordinary Hong Kongers?  Our World, Inside the Hong Kong Protests, BBC 2019  

 

Since June hundreds of thousands of protesters have been out on the streets in Hong Kong.  The demonstrations were sparked by a proposed law change allowing the extradition of Hong Kongers to face trial on mainland China, but they morphed into a movement demanding democracy and an end to the steady erosion of rights.  ibid.  

 

Holly is one of many dedicated first aid volunteers.  ibid. 

 

 

Hong Kong 1939: one of the jewels of the British empire.  Britain was still a global superpower controlling over 25% of the world.  This empire was protected by the men and ships of the Royal Navy … Britain faced a powerful new rival in the Far East – Japan.  In 1931 Japan had invaded China and began to carve out her own empire.  The Japanese army made rapid advances …  Lost Films of WW2 II, BBC 2020

 

 

‘I don’t think any Hongkonger would’ve imagined having to throw a Molotov cocktail in their lifetime but we really didn’t have a choice.  This World: Hong Kong’s Fight for Freedom, BBC 2022  

 

‘One day we will see our Hong Kong gain democracy and freedom.’  ibid.

 

‘Organisers claims that one million people plus took part in today’s march.’  ibid.  news

 

 

‘They have stormed the government building.’  This World: Hong Kong’s Fight for Freedom II, news

 

The protesters in this film could be imprisoned for what they tell us.  ibid.  caption

 

Fight for Freedom!  Stand with Hong Kong!  ibid.  protest

 

Chanting slogans cannot liberate Hong Kong.  ibid.  protester

 

‘This is urban warfare’ … ‘The police in return were firing rubber bullets’ … ‘The protests were spreading across the city and no-one knew what the rules were any more.’  ibid.  reporters