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How 156 years of British rule shaped Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has British DNA. Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharris/ Follow the Vox Borders watch page: https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/ Sign up for the Vox Borders newsletter: https://www.vox.com/borders-email Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Even though Britain gave Hong Kong back to China 21 years ago, today when you walk around the city you can see British fingerprints everywhere. From statues of Queen Victoria to double decker buses, British culture and lifestyle is baked into the culture at every turn. Both the history and the current-day British influence are visually fascinating stories and in this episode I show it all -- exploring Britain’s imperial history, which includes opioid trade, discrimination and a divided city, and then showing the effects of that history, resulting in a city that is unlike any I’ve visited. Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit vox.com/borders. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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NCT ist Top (6 hours ago)
Irony. The Europeans sitting on the high peaks enjoying their milktee while hk ppl sitting in their slums with chinese tea. So this is the "good life" that hk is missing of
ANIMESH GAUTAM (14 hours ago)
india could have end the same under british rule... but nope we lover our false gods more than that.
Swagger (1 day ago)
Can anyone name the ending tune?
Cheuk Man Callum TSOI (2 days ago)
I am from HK
JustDanceMann (3 days ago)
They should've kept us forever
MrWalker1000 (3 days ago)
do people in Hong Kong hate British people as a result of this colonization?
Aegon Targaryen (4 days ago)
Imagine British ruled over the philippines for 300 years instead of spaniards.
ZAH Mika (4 days ago)
Try to notice the people behind. See the differences, at HK & Mainland.
Sadie Wong (4 days ago)
Stand with hk 💕
Michael H (5 days ago)
Imagine being so addicted to tea that you'd sell opium for it.
Oanh Oanh (6 days ago)
HK can regain their system "1 country 2 system", but I think from now on they succeed or not they will be more controlled and effected by mainland China. The fact that they are not an independent country and must be under control of China is true.
Michael Velasquez (6 days ago)
“I’m in China” No you are not and that is the biggest misconception about Hong Kong.
Goldenblitzer (6 days ago)
I think you’ll find that they only made opium illegal once they found that it was being imported. And there were multiple, so maybe do some fact checking before you put out.
Xi Chen (6 days ago)
As a Chinese, I am feeling so sad and heartbreaking to watch such kind of colonization and "foreign DNA integration " history again in a video. Any strong country could just conquer another one and change their nature and culture in this way...
Jacob Saint (6 days ago)
The UK didn't want to lose Hong Kong. But the P.R. of China was insistant on the treaty saying "99 years."
Milo W (6 days ago)
What is the name of the song that starts at 8:03 and continues through the handover ceremony section of the video?
FR K (6 days ago)
200 years of British rule didn't shaped South Asia. Lol.
Q4869 (7 days ago)
"Prince Edward"... so sad for what happened there.
Chad Porter (7 days ago)
Okay Britain kinda stole Hong Kong, but made it better. Why not give a British area to China, and agree to keep Hong Kong forever? That sounds fair.
bristoled93 (8 days ago)
Well the Chinese got us addicted to tea so whats wrong with giving them Opium.
PortalArch1702 (7 days ago)
Lol the sarcasm
风的线条 (8 days ago)
Tea is the beautiful section of the Chinese culture. so what's about Opium in Britain culture?
KINGatLIFE (8 days ago)
Don't blame Britain, they just saw a place and thought... hmmm... that could do with some much needed civilisation.
KINGatLIFE (5 days ago)
@Darren Chan Infrastructure, modern technology and transport, the justice system, law and order. Management, book keeping, accounts, capitalism, trade, business, protection, safety, freedoms, knowledge and education. These are all features of a civilised society. Britain became civilised, with thanks to her history and geography. When Britain became the most powerful nation in world, she "shared" that power by colonisation.
Darren Chan (6 days ago)
define "civilization"
Ms Majesty (9 days ago)
3:39 'the reason the sun never sets on the British Empire, is because God does not trust the English in the dark.'
joeyjojojunior1794 (9 days ago)
Why are Chinese neighborhoods so repulsive and wretched? I can't wait to see how they slowly destroy Hong Kong post-2047...
DragonRoosterGaming (11 days ago)
As far as I knew Hong Kong’s main Island was ceded completely to the British only Kowloon was leased for 99 years. When the 99 years were up the ccp gave the UK an ultimatum for lack of a better word to give all of it back, and all the UK could do was secure a few decades of lessened restrictions on its former subjects.
Bundesrepublik der Erde Reich (11 days ago)
Wish Philippines was colonized by Britain. Instead of abusive failed Spain
Bundesrepublik der Erde Reich (8 days ago)
@Jonathon Smith yeah. That is something i wish that the British remain in the Philippines. Because Spain is a failed colonizer
Jonathon Smith (8 days ago)
The British occupation of Manila was an episode in Philippine colonial history when the British Empire occupied the Spanish colonial capital of Manila and the nearby principal port of Cavite for twenty months between 1762 and 1764. Wikipedia
HiByeHi (11 days ago)
We should not be colonized at all
Lucy (12 days ago)
Tea isn’t even that good tho and I say that as a Brit...maybe I should start drinking it the Chinese way?
Rajiv Murkejee (12 days ago)
Should not an American be congratulating Hong Kong for joining the club of ex British Colonies started by America
James Shabazz (13 days ago)
What this white man does not clearly say is that Hong Kong Chinese have been socially engineered culturally to hate being Chinese and assume a faux Cauc-Asian identity and personality. Hong Kong Chinese wear the white man's names, worships the white man's gods, and venerates his culture especially language. The Hong Kong people hate their Chinese selves, hence their opposition to the Chinese Motherland. Americs and Britain are exploiting this Hong Kong Chinese schizophrenia to maintain their banking hegemony in Hong Kong and Trojan Horse position in China.
Mr Me (13 days ago)
Vox: “Oh wow, white people formed their own community in a Chinese one, how racist”. Me: *CHINATOWN*
Jin Kusanagi (13 days ago)
Tea to the British Empire is like the Internet to us. Of course, tea is tangible, while the latter is not, but the point is that both are considered cultural necessities. The more we value something, the more we're willing to pay for it. That is the heart of demand in economics.
Clifton Zolfe (13 days ago)
Very interesting, enlightening video. Thanks for your great work.
Samurai Shonan (13 days ago)
How much money does this guy make putting out these videos? Seems caring but more so for his wallet rather than the HK people.
Lovelie Joanna Barbasa (14 days ago)
How did Britain form the identity of the Hongkongers?
Primaski (14 days ago)
China *did* promise 50 years of self-autonomy following the tradeover. The minimum China should allow to a region that is taxed so heavily, is to allow them to do what they want. The UK and US aren't arriving in gunboats telling China what to do. The people of Hong Kong WANT to be self-administrating and not have Beijing interfere in their affairs. Hong Kong has their own identity now. Why the Chinese are so quick to ignore the desires of the people to integrate them into the rest of their society is very disheartening for me.
Ben Clarks (14 days ago)
Now they really pulled the reverse uno on us
Good luck everyone (14 days ago)
If you don't own VOX yourself, you need your own channel. Your content is good.
POLICE FUCK (15 days ago)
But these british style of apartments, houses on Victoria Peak were owned only by not the rich but the very rich that among them are half foreigners I guess, the rest can living in eastern obsolete buildings.
Rahul Manickam (15 days ago)
Whenever Britain leaves a colony, it always leaves a messed up legacy behind
wongkityu (15 days ago)
Hong Kong: you sell Hong Kong because of TEA????????
Angus (15 days ago)
Big Borris III (16 days ago)
We would have you back in a heartbeat 🇬🇧🇭🇰
sampsonbadman (16 days ago)
Americans: "Herbs" has an "H" in it which is not silent.
kouji tadokoro (16 days ago)
British,British,wonderful British,so why Americans decided to get independence from wonderful British?
HL Tang (16 days ago)
Handover of HK was definitely the saddest event during peacetime in the 20th Century.
Smocky Tubers (16 days ago)
"How 156 years of British rule made Hong Kong better"
Stewie Griffen (8 days ago)
America,Russia unite take over world❤️❤️❤️
Koen Foo (9 days ago)
@Ricky911 It's not a riot. Dozens of radical youth together with undercover policmen vs hundreds of thousands of peaceful protestors.
Ricky911 (9 days ago)
@William Abbott it's not gonna be fully part of China until 2047 I think and they still have many of their rights. There's a huge riot in Hong Kong right now against the Chinese government and when I say huge I mean bigger than a million people storming Area 51 so I don't know what will happen in the future for Hong Kong at this point. I'm from London and I really want Hong Kong to be an independent state with a good relationship with the UK and I fully support their protests. Right now, its trade deals are gone and I think that it shouldn't be like that. Hong Kongers, I'm with you all the way
William Abbott (11 days ago)
And now that its part of China its trash again lol
Tayyibah Shahadat (16 days ago)
Hopefully China don't decide it's payback time and get corner of UK for 150 years
Prosper Lattimer (14 days ago)
China doesn't want revenge they want unity and sovereignty
Redstones (16 days ago)
I swear this guys tone made it seem British rule was the worst thing ever 😂
Liam McIntosh (12 days ago)
Typical vice 😂😂
Only the new territories were given for 99 years, Hong Kong was given to Britain permanently. Not that it really matters. Just being pedantic.
flashevol flayor (16 days ago)
Britain - Tea America - Oil
Fabio inViaggio (16 days ago)
Vox great again!
Cheung Annie (16 days ago)
You just don't know anything of Hong Kong, don't make this to fool people.
Priscilla Moniaga (17 days ago)
pls do how 365yrs of dutch ruling affected indonesa
Biraj Ghale (17 days ago)
Only nepal is not ruled by British
MrBlazeDemingo (17 days ago)
and now to the present hongkong with civil unrest...
David Reynolds (17 days ago)
I think it's important to note that China threatened to take Hong Kong by force if Britain didn't give it back.
Mike B (17 days ago)
I think you need to read up on Article 6 of the Convention of Peking "China was to cede the part of Kowloon Peninsula south of present-day Boundary Street, Kowloon, and Hong Kong (including Stonecutters Island) in perpetuity to Britain " Only the New Territories were leased for 99 years
Rafal Truszkowski (17 days ago)
👀5:00 I really wonder what she was thinking right there...
D L (16 days ago)
get out of HK, limey fruits
Yaccoby (17 days ago)
The music choice here sort of annoys me. Really repetitive.
Sabrina (18 days ago)
When the video starts with “I’m in China” .... rip
TheKingArchon (18 days ago)
Correction Hong Kong was given in perpetuity not 99 years, if that was the case then Hong Kong would of been returned in 1940, not 1997. It was the rest of the territory that was leased for 99 years in 1898. But when it came to 1997 Britain realised that it could do nothing to stop China from taking the whole of Hong Kong so they decided to return it under "One country, Two Systems". Other than that, good video, rather enjoyed !
Chee Lew (19 days ago)
Stop creating hatre here in Hong Kong. There is no room for interference.
Angela (16 days ago)
This was uploaded a year ago.
TheDroidBay (19 days ago)
If China had cornered the market on Custard Creams as well, there would have been Armageddon
p1rice (20 days ago)
The most similar feature is the lack of space and expensive housing lol
robspunk (16 days ago)
Only since allowing mainlanders to buy all the houses
Harry Higgonson (20 days ago)
Btw British people don’t drink lots of tea anymore you racists, we actually drink more coffee than tea so..... stop with the outdated miss leading stereotypes please 🤦🏻‍♂️🤷‍♂️.
command. (18 days ago)
日本人勉強中です amen
日本人勉強中です (19 days ago)
Harry Higgonson you arent a brit then. us real brits love tea
arions world (21 days ago)
I would love to see a video about Macau
justin tinge (21 days ago)
They trade tea for silver. The per kilo price difference is heaven and earth.
Saber uae (21 days ago)
Lala Land (21 days ago)
The american colony's independance also started with a "tea act" if I'm not mistaken ? Ah, the british and their tea...
Борислав Бонев (21 days ago)
The Hong Kong episodes are easily my favourite from the Borders series, I have watched all of them so many times!
J W (22 days ago)
good video
Gerry Chang (22 days ago)
One man said betrayed by the Britain?? I guess he prefer colonialism.
Gerry Chang (22 days ago)
Vox, i dare you do a thorough video about the Opium war.
Noah Bowie (22 days ago)
Well they both have something in common at the moment. Political turmoil
João Miguel Dantas (22 days ago)
3:59 wait what?
Ramiz Inam (22 days ago)
Wow so all this was because of a simple tea
Jo Lee (23 days ago)
Really great video, but many people struggle with hearing for various different reasons. So many videos id like to watch and I just cant because the talking is done over music. I have not been able to watch the whole video. Its seems to be not commonly known despite how prevalent the issue is so I hope u don't mind me spreading the info to make YouTube more accessible for my community and I hope you will consider making the bulk of your videos either speaking or music at any one time in the future. Thanks for reading.
Chris Ray (23 days ago)
Qing Dynasty : "I will addict these foreigners to my cheap commodity in return for finite metals that retain value." British Empire: "I will addict these foreigners to my cheap commodity in return for finite metals that retain value."
Chris Ray (23 days ago)
I wonder what the continental Chinese will do with the Mormon Temple in Hong Kong.
J Kindness (22 days ago)
Goodbye Joseph Smith, hello Mao Zedong !!
wreckboi 13 (23 days ago)
I swear Hong Kong speaks Cantonese
NaNaSomeOne (23 days ago)
HK should be independent
Louis (23 days ago)
Something007SC (23 days ago)
WEW LADS one year and guess what the riots and protest are going on right NOW, how things have changed
Freddy yummy (23 days ago)
The last dude was really silly. It is such a shame to keep 150 year colonial identity. Irish are ashamed about British Colony identity.. Koreans are ashamed about Japanese colony identity.Normal human being feels ashamed about such identity except for some abnormal, wierd Hongkongers.
Freddy yummy (18 days ago)
@escpat You guys need to wake up and stop being indulged in such way of life that the rest of world think is shameful and bizarre.
escpat (18 days ago)
It is not that Hong Kongers want to be colonized. We just want whoever is ruling us respect our way of life. That’s the gist of things.
Freddy yummy (23 days ago)
Who are you? It is your opinion not the opinion of the majority of Hongkong people.
kil koh (23 days ago)
Because no one wants to be ruled by CCP chinese.... They rather be under the original national Chinese leaders, who are ruling Taiwan.
辛明雨 (23 days ago)
Blood Angel (24 days ago)
If anyone wants to learn more about the opium war then I'd recommend going to the extra credit YouTube channel
Paddy B (24 days ago)
The host is a douchbag but otherwise good content
escpat (18 days ago)
Why is that? I think he is alright.
S1 (24 days ago)
All asia and africa countries has been robbed by the west..most peaceful kingdom being destroyed by the west..history being twisted by the west to suit them..
S1 (24 days ago)
Hong Kong belongs to China in the first place..there was never a white man land in the east..
Bennett McCoy (23 days ago)
So Taiwan not Red China
Ares (24 days ago)
Does anyone can tell me that which is the name of this video's background music? Thank you a lot.
seerjc123 (24 days ago)
To be precise, Hong Kong Island itself was ceded by China to Britain "in perpetuity" (forever) whereas the other parts that make up the bulk of the territory (the New Territories and outlying islands) were leased to the UK for 99 years. In theory therefore Britain had the legal right to retain HK island but took the pragmatic view that there was little point clinging on to the island if all other parts of the colony were to be handed back. This informed the negotiations with China which resulted in Margaret Thatcher signing the Joint Declaration in 1984 ahead of the handover to China in 1997. Today's upheavals stem from the view amongst many in HK that China has reneged on its commitments to preserve the freedoms of HK citizens enshrined in that declaration.
Không Không (23 days ago)
But Chinese has more guns
knorpel26 (24 days ago)
There is something in the video that is not correct: Hong Kong island was indeed ceded in perpeuity, not for 99 years and the New Territories were indeed "leased" for 99 years.
Gabriel Sarnes (24 days ago)
the fuck3r miss a 9.. If there was 999 years ONLY THEN would be good as forever
김수동 (25 days ago)
홍콩은 홍콩대로 놔두면 좋겠는데 홍콩 특유의 모습을 후세대는 못볼지도 모르겠네요 더 늦기 전에 홍콩에 다시한번 더 방문해서 그 느낌을 간직하고 싶습니다. 구룡반도와 홍콩섬을 잊던 배에 탔던 기억과 타이오 섬, 옹핑360 케이블카를 탄 기억이 나네요.
Jake (25 days ago)
Gamenetreviews (25 days ago)
Johnny: “Britain started a war to sell wrongs, that’s just mind blowing to me” Me: Hmmm what’s your last name? Harris, ya I don’t think the atrocities of of England ever came up in your family history.
specialunit 042 (23 days ago)
Kokuyo Camlin (25 days ago)
I'm enjoying tea right now ☕
Adidonu joy Sautudina (25 days ago)
I am a native indian and i demand an independence
Unnatural09 (25 days ago)
I must agree with the Chinese, quit ruining the taste of tea with your milk.
Gray Kin (23 days ago)
Milk makes tea taste better, chinese milk is the problem here
From The Westside With Love (25 days ago)
Anybody know the piano tune that plays throughout the video?
xlvlr Artemis (23 days ago)
frfr what is it??? so catchy
Ameya S (25 days ago)
Pity, Britain today feels like you are in Pakistan...once central China takes over Hong Kong, I guess British culture will just go extinct!