The chapters in the volume are organized into three groups to highlight the concept of circulation. The circulation idea does not juxtapose interests within the Hong Kong territory against a fixed, imaginary “outside”, instead it highlights processes by which cross-border fluidities and institutional integrity have been mutually constitutive. The first group of chapters uses lessons of history to argue that Hong Kong has thrived as an autonomous space of flow. The postwar decades, however, generated a different experience. The composition of “Hong Kongers” in fact remains rather fluid. As shown by the second group of chapters, there have been continuous waves of legal and illegal immigrants from China and from countries overseas. The third group of chapters shows the intersection between circulation and institution, flow and growth, and the socially differentiated terrain that has resulted.
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