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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong$
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Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139156

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.001.0001

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Cyber self-centres?

Cyber self-centres?

Hong Kong young women and their personal websites1

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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.003.0014

In this chapter, we will examine how young women in Hong Kong use cyberspace as a site to construct their identity as women in relation to their significant others, focusing on both their self-representations in cyberspace and in real-life settings. Contrary to the long-established belief in ‘female technophobia', the case of young women in Hong Kong shows that women could possibly be ‘techno-guerrillas’ who actively participate in cyberspace by hosting their personal websites. The ways in which they try to construct their identities and present the different aspects of themselves in their personal websites are perhaps a form of resistance for these young women. This chapter explores the kinds of images they use to represent themselves on their personal websites and how these images reflect their needs, concerns and desires. We will also examine how these women make use of cyberspace to expand their social circles, leading to the merging of the real and the virtual space. The merging relationship between the real and virtual spaces can create new sites and spaces where participants can try and exercise their own intrinsic power.

Keywords:   Cyberspace, Personal websites, Identity, Young women

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