Discourse and Cultural Identity: Towards a Global Identity for Hong Kong

Anthony Fung

in Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206847 | DOI:
Discourse and Cultural Identity: Towards a Global Identity for Hong Kong

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This chapter examines how various social and political forces have shaped and negotiated the hybridized postcolonial identity in Hong Kong and shows how global values are embedded in the local identity that prevent national displacement. With political pressure from the People Republic of China (PRC) to displace Hong Kong's autonomy with national agendas, a local discourse gradually crystallized. The search was for an original, native, and local culture with values that its own people shared. This chapter aims to describe the current status and nature of Hong Kong identity by means of studying its social discourse. It gauges the cultural identity of the Hong Kong people by means of examining their articulation and interpretation of the mediated discourse, symbols, and signs they are exposed to everyday.

Keywords: postcolonial identity; hybridization; Hong Kong identity; PRC

Chapter.  5987 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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