Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society

London School of Economics and Political Science Students' Union

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This website was launched in 2015 by Zoe Liu (Publications Officer 2015-16)

凝延 Moment in Time

We don’t remember days. We don’t remember details. We remember moments.

We remember the darkest moments that force us to see the light.

We remember the heartfelt moments that guide us to see the good.

Pause a little. Reflect a little. Pause and enjoy history unfolding before your eyes.

With this album we record those moments worth remembering.

Those moments that change the world.

No matter how big or how small.

Those moments that change you.


(N.B. LSESU HKPASS is a politically neutral society and any views expressed belong entirely to the author themselves.)

In light of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover, the Cambridge University Hong Kong and China Affairs Society  and the LSESU Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society jointly present our Handover series -- ‘A Place Like Hong Kong’.  The series features major societal events that shaped Hong Kong in the past 20 years, and how the core values, deemed the cornerstone of our society, have evolved since then. While analysing the timeless societal values our society holds dear, we wish to explore with you the future of Hong Kong.


On July 1st  1997, the sovereignty of Hong Kong transferred from the UK to China. Stipulated in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the constitutional principle of  ‘one country, two systems’ is enshrined in the Basic law throughout. This principle originates from Deng Xiaoping’s attempt to reconcile the fundamental differences between the communist mainland and capitalist territories. At the crux of ‘one country, two systems’ lies the notion that Hong Kong, as ‘an inalienable part’ of the People’s Republic of China, is allowed to exercise a high degree of autonomy and is entitled to executive, legislative and independent judicial power. Other than matters stipulated in the Basic Law, including national defence and foreign affairs, the Central Government shall not interfere with Hong Kong’s internal affairs, such as internal security, under normal circumstances.


As Hong Kong celebrates the 20th anniversary of  the Handover today, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sworn in as the 5th Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR. The new Chief Executive announced her new cabinet lineup on the 21st of June, with 15 out of the 16 principal officials either inherited from the cabinet of Leung Chun-Ying or inducted from the civil service; former Democratic Party member Dr. Law Chi-Kwong, a social policy academic, is the only newcomer. The positions of Chief Secretary for Administration, Financial Secretary and Secretary for Justice will remain with Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, Paul Chan Mo-po, and Rimsky Yuen Kwok-Keung respectively.


Hong Kong’s extraordinary tale of territorial intrigue has always been familiar to millions. As 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Handover, our society has seen a huge transformation from a tiny fishing village to one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. Growing up in Hong Kong, we call for reflections on our contemporary cultural, political and social landscape, as well as our ethnic identity. The aggregate of differing individual attitudes calls into question the core values of our endearing city. In this series, we endeavour to explore with you the evolution of Hong Kong in the past 20 years.