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Reviews 467© 1997 by University ofHawai'i Press and by Manuel S. Gaspay. These two chapters present institutional analyses ofthe Philippines, where public participation has become institutionalized since the end ofthe Marcos regime, making a reality out ofthe environmental impact assessment /statement process. Hoi-Seong Jeong and Seong-Uh Lee provide a concise analysis ofhow environmental interest groups have come to play a role in South Korea. Ismid Hadad presents a comparable analysis of Indonesia. Qwanruedie Limvorapitak and Dhira Phantumvanit provide a more narrowly circumscribed study ofThailand. Although a reader may wish for broader geographical coverage, including Malaysia, India, and conceivably the People's Republic ofChina, anyAsia specialist with interest in energy and environmental issues and decision making generally will profit from this volume. The issues and trends analyzed here are likely to be replicated in some form elsewhere in Asia, and the resolution ofintersecting energy, economics, and environmental problems may affect the global commons as well as national and regional development. Lester Ross Lester Ross is an attorney in privatepractice with specializations in projectfinance, banking, and environmental law andpolicy. m Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok and Alvin Y. So, editors. The Hong KongGuangdongLink : Partnership in Flux. Hong Kong Becoming China: The Transition to 1997. Armonk and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1995. xiii, 280 pp. Hardcover $79.95, isbn 1-56324-620-1. This book has been published as part ofthe series "Hong Kong Becoming China: The Transition to 1997," edited by Ming K. Chan and Gerard A. Postiglione, both ofthe University ofHong Kong. It is a welcome addition to the series for it provides one ofthe most up-to-date evaluations ofHong Kong's political and socioeconomic linkage with Guangdong, its immediate neighbor in mainland China, and their possible integration after 1997. The nature of the interaction between Hong Kong and Guangdong is of great importance because it will constitute a change in the core-periphery relationship between Beijing (the core) and Hong Kong-Guangdong (the periphery) in the future political and economic development of China after 1997. 468 China Review International: Vol, 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 Reginald Kwok and Alvin So, the editors of this volume, have made use of the core-periphery model as an analytical framework to review and interpret the "economic, social, political, and cultural dimensions in the Hong Kong and Guangdong connection" (p. 5). In order to achieve this objective, they have assembled eight essays by scholars from Hong Kong and China in the fields ofphilosophy, history, anthropology, geography, sociology, economics, political science, and urban planning to provide an interdisciplinary interpretation of tiiis connection. The editors themselves have added two chapters and a postscript to tie the various perspectives together. The first chapter explains the framework, and the last chapter summarizes the various opinions of the contributors, which can be divided into pessimistic and optimistic views of the approaching integration. A postscript offers an update on the most recent political conflicts in Hong Kong caused by Governor Chris Patten's controversial attempt to provide for a more representative government there before the change of sovereignty in 1997. Between these chapters, the remaining eight are divided into four equal sections: (1) "Hong Kong-Guangdong Link: A Review," with contributions from Ming K. Chan (history) and Graham E. Johnson (anthropology/sociology); (2) "Cultural Transformation," with contributions from Gregory Eliyu Guldin (anthropology) and Ming-kwan Lee (social studies); (3) "Economic Restructuring," with contributions from XueqiangXu, Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok, Lixun Li, and Xiaopei Yan (urban geography/planning ), and Victor Sit (urban geography); and (4) "Partnership in Flux," with contributions from Ian Scott (political science) and Yun-wing Sung (economics). All of the chapters make interesting reading. Ming K. Chan provides a very competent overview of the history of the love-hate relationship in the development of Hong Kong and Guangdong ever since the founding of a colony at Hong Kong by the British in 1842. He observes that Hong Kong and Guangdong are culturally linked by the Cantonese dialect and by the fact tiiat the people of Hong Kong are largely themselves emigrants or descendants of emigrants from Guangdong . He makes the point that Hong Kong has always been a "fountainhead of modern thought for many reformist...

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ISSN
1527-9367
Print ISSN
1069-5834
Pages
pp. 467-470
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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