In love and fear

Cash-rich mainlanders are helping define Hong Kong’s relationship with China.

In love and fear

When my mum visited Hong Kong for the first time in 1985, she brought back a colour TV -- a triumphal souvenir from her venture to a city that seemed very exotic to us. The vivid, colour pictures amazed our neighbours, who thought that Hong Kong must be a spectacular place compared to my home town of Wuhan.

Indeed, in 1980s China, where people still needed permission from the Communist party boss at their dan wei work unit and...

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