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After National Allegory

Shu-Mei Shih

in Visuality and Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520224513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224513.003.0006
After National Allegory

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This chapter turns to the big question of what is internal to the allegorical form in Hong Kong. Is it possible that at the moment of allegorization, the actual “Hong Kong” disappears? What if, after peeling the glossy surfaces of allegory, overlaid by so many nostalgias, there is but the literal banality of everyday life? What if, after an initial construct of post-1997 Hong Kong as a postcoloniality after British colonialism, the postcoloniality never arrives? In trying to answer these questions through an examination of selective filmic and cultural texts that take 1997 as the main frame of reference, the discussion hopes to illustrate the ambivalent site of the Sinophone in Hong Kong's relationship to China and Chineseness.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Sinophone; China; Chineseness; postcoloniality; 1997

Chapter.  8819 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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