Cultural Cold War and the Diasporic Nation

Law Wing Sang

in Collaborative Colonial Power

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099296
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206755 | DOI:
Cultural Cold War and the Diasporic Nation

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This chapter considers the Cold War as the most important background against which there emerged a cultural and political imagery about a diasporic Chinese nation. It analyses the connections of currents of thought manifested in notions such as Overseas China or in intellectual currents such as Neo-Confucianism, with the controversial Cold War cultural infrastructure revealing how the latter pre-conditioned the materialization of a distinct type of Chinese nationalism in Hong Kong identity, as it is now known. It observes that there is a common belief that the rise of Hong Kong identity in the 1970s is attributable to the political awakening of Hong Kong's postwar baby-boomer generation to colonial oppression. It considers the indigenization of colonial power as the main motif informing and underlying the writings and the other practices of some of the latest members of the colonial intelligentsia.

Keywords: Cold War; diasporic Chinese nation; Overseas China; Neo-Confucianism; identity; colonial oppression; indigenization

Chapter.  7655 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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