Realizing wedding imaginations: Marriages with a Hong Kong connection

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:
Realizing wedding imaginations: Marriages with a Hong Kong connection

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This chapter presents a comparative case study of visuality in weddings of couples from Hong Kong and the Mainland, and the role of the wedding ceremony in exhibiting and stabilizing social identity. The cases indicate that those with low visual competency, limited urban experience, and low economic capital tend to have a strong and hierarchical wedding imagination, while those with high visual competency, sophisticated urban experience and high economic capital have a more flexible and situational display of wedding visuality. Hong Kong connections, as identity resources, add flexibility to the realization of wedding imaginations. However, in recent years, as the transborder cultural politics in South China has been less Hong Kong centric, class boundaries have sometimes been more influential than Mainland-Hong Kong boundaries in structuring the cultural imaginations of modern life.

Keywords: Hong Kong; South China; weddings; ceremony; visual competency; urbanism; transborder culture; class

Chapter.  6494 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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