FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hong Kong Transitions To Chinese Rule

Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwak Hung, holding a microphone, is surrounded by supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, during a demonstration outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council during legislative session against being barred from entering the bulding to protest against what he considered social injustices.
Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwak Hung, holding a microphone, is surrounded by supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, during a demonstration outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council during legislative session against being barred from entering the bulding to protest against what he considered social injustices. Anat Givon / AP Photo
Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwak Hung, holding a microphone, is surrounded by supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, during a demonstration outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council during legislative session against being barred from entering the bulding to protest against what he considered social injustices.
Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwak Hung, holding a microphone, is surrounded by supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, during a demonstration outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council during legislative session against being barred from entering the bulding to protest against what he considered social injustices. Anat Givon / AP Photo

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hong Kong Transitions To Chinese Rule

On Tuesday’s show, we heard about ongoing protests in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition bill there. Back in June 1994, Hong Kong was also in the headlines — at that time, because Britain and China were holding talks on Hong Kong’s transition to Chinese rule. Then-governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten attempted to institute democratic reforms before turning the island over to China, a move that Chinese officials did not receive well. To learn more about where Hong Kong stood 25 years ago, listen to this interview with Alex Fong, who served at the time as director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

Special thanks to the WBEZ Archives Team for cataloging 25 years of Worldview and making this segment possible.