Report: Hong Kong’s Vanishing Archives and the Battle to Preserve History
For anyone digging into Hong Kong’s history, the official archives might not be the place to look.
The office of the chief executive, Hong Kong’s leader, failed to hand over any official records at all for eight of the 20 years since it came under Chinese rule in 1997, according to the government department that manages the archives. The Security Bureau only did it for 10.
Researchers say the problem is that Hong Kong, under roughly 150 years of British colonial rule and the first 20 years of Chinese rule, has never had a law regulating how government records should be kept or destroyed.
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