This week we tell two different stories of two different territories that have two very different relationships with China. Hong Kong was a British colony for over 150 years but is now formally part China. Taiwan was first part of China, then Japan, and is now part of China again…though that depends very much not only on who you ask, but how you ask and why.
OVERVIEW: The history between Hong Kong and China…complicated. The history between Taiwan and China…complicated.
MUSIC: Cantopop, Mandopop and more.
LANGUAGE: In Hong Kong and Taiwan, the language you speak — Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien…English? — says a lot about how you relate to the government of mainland China.
HONG KONG ACTION CINEMA: Hyaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!