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Nationalism, Internationalism, the Cold War: Crossing Literary-Cultural Boundaries in 1950s Hong Kong

Elaine Yee Lin Ho

in China Abroad

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.003.0005
Nationalism, Internationalism, the Cold War: Crossing Literary-Cultural Boundaries in 1950s Hong Kong

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It is New Confucianism's position as an exiled philosophy in 1950s Hong Kong that gives it a specific poignancy. Confucianism in 1950s Hong Kong achieves a special significance as a mid-century, midway intervention between its earlier and later encounters with nation and diaspora. However, in the polyphony of 1950s Hong Kong, New Confucianist voices articulated only one of a number of literary-cultural discursive spaces. This chapter first delineates some of the negotiations between nation and diaspora within several of these spaces which shows how and why they are discrete from each other. Then the chapter moves on to discuss literary-cultural work which attempt to cross a number of these spaces, focusing specifically on the writing in different genres—translations, poetry, travelogues—by a writer from the period, Wong Man. Like New Confucianism, Wong is unremembered in contemporary histories of 1950s literary culture.

Keywords: New Confucianism; Hong Kong; nation; diaspora; literary-cultural work; translations; poetry; travelogues; Wong Man

Chapter.  8042 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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