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Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures

Edited by Kam Louie

in Hong Kong Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028412
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.003.0001
Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures

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In order to explore the development of Hong Kong's cultural scene under the “one country, two systems” framework, this book has gathered together a group of world experts on Hong Kong cultural matters to contribute chapters related to their expertise on Hong Kong culture. Hong Kong has been a cultural fault-line for centuries—first, as a colonial space wrested from the Qing empire by Britain and second, as a prize won back by the government of the People's Republic of China. In this shaky geopolitical terrain, Hong Kong found its firm cultural ground and became a translation space where Chinese-ness was interpreted for “Westerners” and Western-ness was translated for Chinese. As a cultural hub Cantonese culture also flourished along new cosmopolitan lines to build a modern, outward-looking character. In combination, each of these interactions worked together to produce Hong Kong's unique culture.

Keywords: Hong Kong; cultural scene; Qing empire; Britain; China; Cantonese culture

Chapter.  3348 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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