Sources Evaluation A2 Coursework

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Lowe, Kate. "Hong Kong's Missing History." History Today, 41.12 (1991) [8 Jun 2012]

Category of the source

"Hong Kong's Missing History" is an electronic version of a journal article. History Today is a journal that is geared towards a popular audience, but is written by journalists with strong academic backgrounds in history.

This article was written upon the eve of the takeover of the prosperous, capitalist British colonial possession of Hong Kong by China. It suggests that the cosmopolitan identity of Hong Kong is unique, and still evolving, and cannot be subsumed under either a British or a Chinese national character.

Q3. A quick list of key points

Hong Kong's status as part of China is described as inalienable, in terms of legitimate historical clams. However, despite the dubious nature of Great Britain's dominion over Hong Kong for so many years, the people of Hong Kong did not necessarily embrace Chinese rule with eagerness.
The embarrassment of Britain's former colonial past prevented Britain from allowing the residents to declare national independence vs. automatically allowing Hong Kong to be subsumed into China without a referendum.

Q4. How (specifically) this source can be useful to write history?

This source paints an evocative picture of recent history: it illustrates the anxieties many Hong Kong residents felt about China assuming control over their nation and some of the historical background and controversies that have since been forgotten, now that Hong Kong is part of China.

Q5. The specific limitations or drawbacks of the source

There are two main drawbacks. 1. The source obviously does not provide information on the immediate, contemporary context of Chinese rule over Hong Kong. 2. Although it is written by an academic, it is not from a….....

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