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.
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.
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.