Hong Kong and Taiwan and China, oh my!

All Around This World map of East Asia featuring Taiwan
This week in our online class we told two different stories of two traditionally Chinese territories that have two very different relationships with China. Hong Kong was a British colony for over 150 years but is now formally part of China. Taiwan was first part of China, then Japan, and, the government on the mainland would say, it’s part of China again…though that depends very much not only on who you ask, but how you ask and why. Telling these two tricky tales is exactly the kind of challenge we here at “All Around This World” enjoy, so let’s get to it.