The Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to share an interview with Peter E. Hamilton, the Institute’s Dorothy Borg Postdoctoral Scholar in the Making of the Modern Pacific World, about the significance of Hong Kong’s July 1, 1997 handover from the United Kingdom to China.
Dr. Hamilton, who earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, is a historian of China and the world and the modern Pacific. His research explores transpacific networks of migration and business, Sino-US relations, and new histories of East Asian capitalism. Dr. Hamilton is currently preparing a book manuscript, “The Networked Colony: Hong Kong, American Social Capital, and China’s Globalization.” Based on his dissertation’s extensive archival research from across Hong Kong, Britain, and the United States, this work argues that Hong Kong’s rapid economic development between 1949 and 1978 provides essential context to understand China’s post-1978 export-driven development and today’s Sino-US trading relationship.
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