The poem’s title refers to ‘one country, two systems’, the principle that Hong Kong’s capitalist way of life should remain unchanged for 50 years following its return to China on 1 July, 1997. The former British colony is currently a third of the way through this limbo-like phase, in which it supposedly enjoys a ‘high degree of autonomy’ from China’s socialist system, as the countdown ticks ever closer to 2047. In the early summer of 2014, just as I was working on this poem, Beijing released a white paper that aroused widespread concern in Hong Kong. Many there interpreted it as yet another sign of the mainland seeking to interfere in the SAR’s domestic affairs – including, for example, the suggestion that its judges should show fealty to Beijing.
Recommended CitationHowe, Sarah, A note about ‘Two Systems’, Law Text Culture, 18, 2014, 249-257.