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Institutional Change and the Political Transition in Hong Kong (review)

Institutional Change and the Political Transition in Hong Kong (review) 530 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 as likely to turn to an international as to a Chinese vocabulary (such as the 1991 publication of translations of Amichai’s poetry as a protest against the Tiananmen massacres [pp. 49–50]). Nor have the majority of Chinese experienced their radi- cal break from traditional culture as so profoundly traumatic that they feel com- pelled to build bridges to the past. The recent wave of nostalgia for the symbols of the Cultural Revolution suggests that there may not be a widespread sense of cul- tural urgency to keep the lessons of the past alive. For many Chinese, it seems, the Cultural Revolution is a source of empowering memories. Jewish writers and institutions, in contrast, are obsessed by the need to bear eternal witness to the experiences of the Shoah, as terrible as they are. As Schwarcz explains, “Bracha, the Hebrew word for ‘blessing,’ has the same numeri- cal value (227) as the word zakhor, ‘to remember’” (p. xiii). By remembering, as she does in this book, one honors and blesses the memories of the past and de- clares one’s stand in the present. Professor Schwarcz demonstrates that the study of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Institutional Change and the Political Transition in Hong Kong (review)

China Review International , Volume 6 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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530 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 as likely to turn to an international as to a Chinese vocabulary (such as the 1991 publication of translations of Amichai’s poetry as a protest against the Tiananmen massacres [pp. 49–50]). Nor have the majority of Chinese experienced their radi- cal break from traditional culture as so profoundly traumatic that they feel com- pelled to build bridges to the past. The recent wave of nostalgia for the symbols of the Cultural Revolution suggests that there may not be a widespread sense of cul- tural urgency to keep the lessons of the past alive. For many Chinese, it seems, the Cultural Revolution is a source of empowering memories. Jewish writers and institutions, in contrast, are obsessed by the need to bear eternal witness to the experiences of the Shoah, as terrible as they are. As Schwarcz explains, “Bracha, the Hebrew word for ‘blessing,’ has the same numeri- cal value (227) as the word zakhor, ‘to remember’” (p. xiii). By remembering, as she does in this book, one honors and blesses the memories of the past and de- clares one’s stand in the present. Professor Schwarcz demonstrates that the study of

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Published: Sep 1, 1999

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