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Poverty in the Midst of AffluenceHow Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity$
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Leo F. Goodstadt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208210

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208210.001.0001

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An Absence of Advocates: How the ‘Welfare’ Lobby Lost Its Voice

An Absence of Advocates: How the ‘Welfare’ Lobby Lost Its Voice

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Poverty in the Midst of Affluence

Leo F. Goodstadt

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter shows how the community came to give overriding priority to the preservation of Hong Kong’s unique combination of personal freedom, social stability and open and honest government, In the process, the deprived, disadvantaged and disabled lost their traditional defenders, and the advocates of social reform declined in numbers and influence. Yet, there was still a collective conscience at work in Hong Kong, whose indignation at revelations of mistreatment of victims of life’s tragedies was usually prompt and politically too overwhelming for officials to ignore.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Poverty, Social welfare, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Government policy, Legislation, Social inequality

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