A Sense of Place in Hong Kong: The Case of Tai O

Wing-hoi Chan

in Hong Kong Mobile

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206984 | DOI:
A Sense of Place in Hong Kong: The Case of Tai O

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Using the “reinvention” of Tai O village in Lantau Island as an example, this chapter takes a micro look at the processes by which an urban population's fascination with a rural community has become for some an idiom for building non-local links, links that may mock the very idea of the local community. Tai O's rope-driven ferry and the debate over the building of the anchorage illustrate that non-local interests in history, nature, and culture can be at odds with the attitudes and priorities of many locals. However, in this case, appeals to outside imaginings of “local community” and the channels established through promoting “local culture” became powerful tools for causes previously rejected by the local political hierarchy or government.

Keywords: Lantau Island; entrepreneurial resource; anchorage; local community; political hierarchy

Chapter.  13815 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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