Four Key Metrics: the political and econimic changes after the handover of Hong Kong

Country/area: Taiwan

Organisation: READr

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 01/07/2021

Credit: Chen Pei Yu, Liu Yi-Xin, Tseng Lee-Yu


READr is not just a data newsroom, it is also a digital innovation team. The development of information news in Taiwan media is still not perfect at present. Although the READr is only a small information newsroom, we still try hard to have an indicative impact on the development of data journalism in Taiwan. We always hope to make breakthroughs in every topic.Without the framework of traditional thinking, the team can make the report more creative and also keep the news professional by presenting stories in a true and complete way.

Project description:

July 1, 2021 is the 24th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, and it is also the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.

For citizens, their life keeps facing political, economic and cultural changes. READr compiled 4 key indicators, ranging from housing prices, unemployment rate, Chinese immigration, to foreign trade performance, and interviewed Hong Kong people who had experienced these changes firsthand, and displayed the changes in the Pearl of the Orient after “return to China” over the past 20 years.

Impact reached:

After the 1997 Hong Kong handover, life of their people has undergone tremendous changes. We hope to observe how Hong Kong people adapt to the trajectory of changes. Therefore, we have selected data from housing prices, immigration, and unemployment rates that influence people the most, and observe the fluctuations in the past 30 years. At the same time, using these data to  interview with Hong Kong people who have experienced these changes firsthand, we hope that Taiwanese can also feel the similarities and differences between Taiwan and Hong Kong from the changes in these data.

Techniques/technologies used:

We found data of housing prices, immigrant numbers and unemployment rate from Hong Kong government information websites, such as Rating and Valuation Department, Home Affairs Department and Census and Statistics Department. We did calculation based on the data we found.

What was the hardest part of this project?

After the 2019 Hong Kong protest, countries around the world have become more and more curious about Hong Kong’s situation, mainly focusing on how the chief executive’s government responds to people’s demands and how the Chinese government is tightening Hong Kong’s electoral system. We hope to bring a deeper understanding of the changes in Hong Kong from a perspective of livelihood.

What can others learn from this project?

We have compiled 4 key indicators from housing prices, unemployment rate, Chinese immigration, and foreign trade performance. First, we brought readers an overview of Hong Kong’s political and economic changes from a macro perspective; second, we interviewed Hong Kong people who had experienced these changes firsthand from a micro perspective, to further understand the changes in Hong Kong.

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