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2020/04/28 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘A Stormy Petrel’: Hong Kong Governor John Pope Hennessy

P. Kevin MacKeown's biography 'A Stormy Petrel' (City University of Hong Kong, 2020) argues for John Pope Hennessy as a character full of contradictions, bridling against his historical circumstances but never quite transcending them.

2020/02/15 | The Interpreter

Singapore’s Quarrel Over Colonialism

The remnants of Singapore's British colonial era run deeper than just architectural influence. Some praise the British rule while critics seek to challenge this orthodoxy.

2018/10/27 | The Conversation

MALAYSIA: Inside a Failed Quest to Investigate Alleged UK Colonial Crimes

Efforts to investigate an alleged 1948 massacre at the hands of UK soldiers fizzled out at the European Court of Human Rights.

2018/02/02 | Peter Guest

Raffles Still Looms Large over Post-colonial Singapore

The question of whether and how Singapore marks its bicentennial in 2019 throws up searching questions over its colonial and political past.

2017/07/20 | Adam Cathcart and Alexander Nicholas Shaw

No Space for Democracy: Political Dissidence in Colonial and Contemporary Hong Kong

'Beijing may well demand that Britain refrains from interference now that China exercises control of the territory. Ultimately, Britain was equally firm in resisting Chinese intervention at the height of the Cold War.'

2017/05/25 | Shannon Lin

Re-Imagining the Formosan Flag: Taiwan's First Appeal for International Help

'The difference between the two tigers is hidden in their eyes; the obverse side has undilated pupils while the reverse has dilated ones. Researchers believe this contrast is a metaphor for day and night, symbolizing constant vigilance.'

2017/03/23 | James Baron

Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?

'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'