july 1 march
In my research this year I’ve found that there is commonly invoked this demarcation of “pre-1997 Handover” and “post-1997 Handover.” So much of the discourse on Hong Kong identity pivots around this marker. It makes sense. And, so, it makes sense that on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover to China, tens of thousands of people gather together. They march for hours through the streets from Victoria Park to the Central government offices. They march for democracy, they march for the right to elect their own political leaders. But they also march, I suspect, for a sense of their own independent identity, because they can, because–between colonial rule and a motherland that is a bit of a stranger–it means something to Hong Kong identity.