Transborder desire: Fantasizing, learning and apprehending modernity

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:
Transborder desire: Fantasizing, learning and apprehending modernity

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This is a case study of two theoretically sampled television dramas. Exploiting the historical moment when China was at the early stage of catching up with global capitalism and when Hong Kong was still serving as an object of desire, the case study dramatizes our understanding of transborder imaginations when two modes of capitalistic modernity collide with each other. These two selected Chinese TV dramas, produced for the audience in Mainland China, dramatize cultural fantasy, produce popular knowledge, and project the apprehension of a yet-to-be-realized capitalistic market in post-socialist China.

Keywords: Hong Kong; China; modernisation; global capitalism; television; drama; cultural fantasy

Chapter.  5308 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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