The former was published after Hong Kong gained autonomy from British rule while the latter was published before that. The focus of the former article rests on the opinion of the people of Hong Kong about the future of Hong Kong after gaining independence from colonial domination while the author of the second article focuses on the impact of the Joint Declaration of 1984 on the economy of Hong Kong and the trustworthiness of China. For the first article the authors undertake a topical and analytical study while for the second case, Overholt develops an essentially analytical study of the different political, economic and social aspects. There are two categories of analysis – quantitative that deals with numerical data and analysis of the same and qualitative analysis, which incorporate qualitative data or information. The first article titled, “Hong Kong 1997 in Context” incorporates quantitative analysis while the article, “Hong Kong and China after 1997: The real Issues” involves entirely qualitative analysis. Both articles center on the year 1997 but the issue of research is different.
The article “Hong Kong 1997 in Context” by Priya Raghubir and Gita Venkataramani Johar and published in Public Opinion Quarterly in 1999 focuses on the reaction of people from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau about the future of the people of Hong Kong. It came under the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the year 1997 after being free from British dominion. Now, the research method is conducted by taking interviews in three field surveys at Macau, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The idea is to observe and analyze the reactions of people towards the impact of this transition of Hong Kong in the near future. The different attitudes are found to be functions of the order of question and framing the .questions.