Home for the Handover

Stacilee Ford

in Troubling American Women

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207639 | DOI:
Home for the Handover

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This chapter examines the women's narratives with regard to cross-cultural encounters during the run up to 1997, and shortly thereafter, when the pedagogical impulse, while still evident, was deployed in a more subtle fashion. The chapter focuses on Betty Peh-T'I Wei, Ruth Epp, and Teresa Norton. It also considers Hong Kong migration melodramas and Crystal Kwok's The Mistress. There are still “bits of America and American culture” circulating in Hong Kong and the rhetoric of American exceptionalism is evident from time to time. To show the relevance of the exceptionalist metaphor for the current generation, this chapter concludes with a slightly different take on narratives of national/quasi-national belonging. It returns to Chu Yingchi's assertion that Hong Kong identity is, in many respects, a quasinational identity, and the chapter talks about the students the author teaches at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Keywords: cross-cultural encounter; Betty Peh-T'I Wei; Ruth Epp; Teresa Norton; Hong Kong; Crystal Kwok; The Mistress; American exceptionalism; Chu Yingchi

Chapter.  14334 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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