A Comparative Study of Mainland China’s Impact on Hong Kong and Taiwan

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 CUHK team: Dr. Victor ZHENG Wan-tai, Prof. Stephen CHIU Wing-kai (up to 2017), and Ms. WAN Po-san
 2012 – present
Globalization and Multilateral Interaction
Hong Kong Key Research Project Mainland China Regional Integration Social Attitudes Taiwan 

• To understand and compare the perceptions, assessments, and orientations of the general public in Hong Kong and Taiwan with respect to the impact of China, and the opportunities and risks of closer integration between Hong Kong/Taiwan and mainland China

Research team
CUHK team: Dr. Victor ZHENG Wan-tai, Prof. Stephen CHIU Wing-kai (up to 2017), and Ms WAN Po-san
Taiwan team: Prof. CHANG Mau-Kuei, Prof. CHANG Ying-Hwa, Prof. CHEN Chih-Jou, Prof. LIN Thung-Hong, Prof. WU Jieh-Min, and Prof. WU Nai-The

Major research topics
Competition and conflict over resources (e.g., unfairness, relative deprivation, economic nationalism, etc.), and the advantages and disadvantages of exchanges and integration (e.g., impact on the quality of life, social differentiation, the gap between rich and poor, civil society, etc.).

The first telephone survey was conducted simultaneously in Hong Kong and Taiwan in April 2013. Surveys were also conducted in March 2016, February 2017, March 2018, and March to April 2019.

Related Publications
A total of eight papers were presented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Taiwanese Sociological Association in Taipei. A Conference on China’s Impact on Taiwan and Hong Kong was held on 4 December 2017 in Taipei. Nine research papers were presented and a book titledThe “China Impact”: Public Perceptions in Taiwan and Hong Kong (《中國效應:台港民眾的觀感》) (details here) was published in September 2018.

Conducted in collaboration with
the Institute of Sociology of the Academia Sinica

Photo by Jiang Wei Jie. CC BY-SA 3.0