"In the glorious era of the Han and Tang dynasties, signification of China's neighbours was largely a cultural process based on the appeal of the Chinese civilization. Today, the mainlandization of Hong Kong is mainly a political and economic process relying on Beijing's sovereignty over the territory and China's impressive economic power. Hong Kong people increasingly feel that their core values and lifestyles have been threatened; and the demand for independence and a referendum on the teritory's future from the radical "umbrella groups" are a response to this threat. The latter realise that their demands are not realistic, but their articulation is a denial pf the legitimacy of the C.Y. Leung administration and the Chinese leadership's Hong Kong policy... This book serves as an initial attempt to demonstrate the concern in the academic community."