Transborder visuality: Visual exchanges between Hong Kong and South China

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 visuality: Visual exchanges between Hong Kong and South China

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This chapter summarizes the history of transborder imaginations of South China and Hong Kong by examining the production processes of media representations in which Hong Kong visual producers have changed from the role of a ‘teacher’ in the 1970s to the role of a ‘co-producers’ in the 2000s. This interplay is a form of ‘transborder visuality’, which refers to the transfer of visual culture from one geographic location to another. It can be seen as a crucial nexus of cultural globalization at a time when China is catching up with the developed world. Applying the concept of ‘image apparatus’ helps us better understand the complicated nerves, nodes, and social networks that facilitate the production of modern, flexible, and sophisticated visual images in the global visual economy.

Keywords: South China; Hong Kong; visuality; transborder imaginations; cultural globalization; social networks; nodes; visual economy; images

Chapter.  8301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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