Imagining Hong Kong: Featuring transborder imageries

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:
Imagining Hong Kong: Featuring transborder imageries

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This chapter focuses on the configurations of transborder imaginations, featuring their general characteristics and the social circumstances from which they are formed in the minds of the people in South China. It illustrates how transborder flows of cultural imagination are rooted in differentiating materiality and ideologies on the two sides of the border. The higher the differentials, the stronger the imaginations will be. The discussion moves away from the general theoretical claims of cultural homogenization and hybridization, and describes the patterns and configurations of cultural imaginations in more analytic terms. Transborder cultural imaginations can be deterrestrialized, inflated, collapsed and reterrestrialized into the internal social networks and circuits of meaning construction.

Keywords: transborder imaginations; cultural imagination; migrants; Hong Kong; South China; Mainland China; networks; ideologies; modernity; consumption

Chapter.  6020 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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