Teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors and artists fighting censorship – these are the stories of Generation HK.
Teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors and artists fighting censorship – these are the stories of Generation HK. From radically different backgrounds yet with a common legacy, having grown up in post-handover Hong Kong, these young people have little attachment to the era of British colonial rule or today’s China. Instead, they see themselves as Hong Kongers, an identity both reinforced and threatened by the rapid expansion of Beijing’s influence. Amid great political and social uncertainty, Generation HK is trying to build a brighter future. Theirs is a truly captivating coming-of-age story that reflects the bitter struggles beneath the gleaming facade of modern Hong Kong.
“Throughout the book, Bland . . . makes the most makes the most of two key assets. One is a lively prose style. The other is a deft ability to slip in illuminating comparative comments based on his experience covering other parts of Asia”
Times Literary Supplement
“Bland . . . points out that the way in which China, under its most authoritarian leader since Mao, handles Hong Kong is a clear signal of what the rest of the world faces from a rising great power”
“Rather than a dry political analysis, these are depictions of humans with their fragilities and passions clearly illustrated in easily digestible and flowing prose”
London School of Economics Review of Books
“Ben Bland talks to an astounding variety of actors in this fast-changing drama—student activists, business moguls, even superstar language tutors—to build a compelling picture of Hong Kong youth caught between a fading British past and an uncertain future under Beijing”
Rana Mitter, University of Oxford China Centre
“Ben Bland's book provides a fascinating insight into the thinking of Hong Kong's younger citizens and in the process offers hope for Hong Kong's future”
Chris Patten, former governor of Hong Kong
“A thoroughly reported look at the city’s youth, from the student leaders of the 2014 Occupy street protests, via tutors and the super-rich, to radical advocates of independence from China”