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East Asian welfare regimes in transitionFrom Confucianism to globalisation$
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Alan Walker and Chack-kie Wong

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345523.001.0001

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Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare

Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare

(p.73) Four Hong Kong: from familistic to Confucian welfare
East Asian welfare regimes in transition

Sammy Chiu

Victor Wong

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the ways in which the new Hong Kong SAR government has been appealing to traditional Confucian values to emphasise nationhood and reinforce and legitimize the maintenance of a residual form of social welfare provision. It shows how the Chinese government of the SAR is actually building on the twin pillars of the colonial legacy in social policy: positive non-intervention and familistic residualism. It uses policies towards younger and older people to illustrate the heavy political emphasis on Confucian values in the new Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Hong Kong SAR, Confucian values, nationhood, social welfare provision, familistic residualism, China

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