In the two decades since Britain relinquished its Hong Kong colony to China, the mainland’s influence has risen steadily on the territory.
Some residents uneasy about the changes that have taken place since the July 1, 1997, handover worry about further changes to come during the formal transition period lasting until 2047.
Much to Beijing’s chagrin, people still display British colonial emblems out of nostalgia and longing for a time they feel had faster economic growth and better opportunities. Authorities have tried to remove such symbols at times, trying to steer the city away from its colonial past and toward its Chinese future.
But rising concerns about the future have led many residents to question their identity, especially among young people who increasingly call themselves Hong Kongers rather than Chinese.
Associated Press photographer Kin Cheung has documented Hong Kong’s transition to Chinese rule with several pairs of abstract photos based on daily life and local symbols.
Recurrent in the images are the themes of nationalism versus colonialism, justice and freedom under Beijing’s control, and the color red, a symbol of good fortune and Beijing support.
These themes unite the images to tell Hong Kong’s narrative.