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Consuming satellite modernities: Hong Kong as an object of desire<sup>1</sup>

Eric Kit-wai Ma

in Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083459
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209329 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083459.003.0002
Consuming satellite modernities: Hong Kong as an object of desire1

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This chapter examines the role of Hong Kong in the global network of transborder exchanges. Mainland migrants who came to Hong Kong in different periods of time are interviewed and their stories analysed to show how imaginations of modernity motivate their decisions to leave their home for Hong Kong. ‘Satellite modernities’ refer to the magnetic sites between highly developed cities and developing cities in the rest of the world. Throughout Asia, these satellite sites draw migrants from all over the region to realize the dreams of the global west in the relative security and comfort of regional localities. The chapter thus attempts to ground such concepts as modernity, consumption and identity formation in concrete boundary crossing experiences of Chinese immigrants.

Keywords: satellite modernities; migrants; Hong Kong; China; Mainland migrants; transborder exchanges; network; modernity; consumption

Chapter.  7790 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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