From Nothing to Nothing: The Chinese Communist Movement and Hong Kong, 1921-1936 (review)

From Nothing to Nothing: The Chinese Communist Movement and Hong Kong, 1921-1936 (review) 412 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Chan Lau Kit-Ching. From Nothing to Nothing: The Chinese Communist Movement and Hong Kong, 1921­1936. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. ix, 342 pp. Hardcover $59.95, ISBN 0­312­22428­1. As Professor Chan Lau Kit-Ching aptly observes, Hong Kong's first encounter with Chinese Communism predates July 1, 1997. It has been involved in the Chinese Communist movement ever since the movement's inception in 1921, and for many years before the Communist takeover in 1949 Hong Kong had served as headquarters for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Guangdong. The examination of this previously neglected history promises to shed light on our knowledge of the revolutionary movement not just in the locality of Hong Kong but also in Guangdong and the Chinese nation as a whole (pp. 1­2). Based in Hong Kong, Chan enjoyed a favorable position while exploring this topic. Besides ready access to local archives, both government and private, the proximity of Hong Kong to Guangzhou allowed her to conduct archival research conveniently in the Guangdong Provincial Archives, which hosts the most comprehensive collection of pre-1949 Party documents on Guangdong (including Hong Kong) accessible to both Chinese and foreign http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

From Nothing to Nothing: The Chinese Communist Movement and Hong Kong, 1921-1936 (review)

China Review International, Volume 7 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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412 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Chan Lau Kit-Ching. From Nothing to Nothing: The Chinese Communist Movement and Hong Kong, 1921­1936. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999. ix, 342 pp. Hardcover $59.95, ISBN 0­312­22428­1. As Professor Chan Lau Kit-Ching aptly observes, Hong Kong's first encounter with Chinese Communism predates July 1, 1997. It has been involved in the Chinese Communist movement ever since the movement's inception in 1921, and for many years before the Communist takeover in 1949 Hong Kong had served as headquarters for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Guangdong. The examination of this previously neglected history promises to shed light on our knowledge of the revolutionary movement not just in the locality of Hong Kong but also in Guangdong and the Chinese nation as a whole (pp. 1­2). Based in Hong Kong, Chan enjoyed a favorable position while exploring this topic. Besides ready access to local archives, both government and private, the proximity of Hong Kong to Guangzhou allowed her to conduct archival research conveniently in the Guangdong Provincial Archives, which hosts the most comprehensive collection of pre-1949 Party documents on Guangdong (including Hong Kong) accessible to both Chinese and foreign

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