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Helen F. Siu and Agnes S. Ku

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099180

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099180.001.0001

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The “Global City” as a Cultural Project: The Case of the West Kowloon Cultural District

The “Global City” as a Cultural Project: The Case of the West Kowloon Cultural District

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(p.342) (p.343) 12 The “Global City” as a Cultural Project: The Case of the West Kowloon Cultural District
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Hong Kong Mobile
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Agnes S. Ku

Clarence Hon-chee Tsui

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099180.003.0013

This chapter focuses on the building of cultural capital in policy institutions in an age of increasing global competition. It examines the West Kowloon Cultural District for processes by which the “world city” imagination is translated and pursued as a cultural project by the government. The framework is both a response to the challenges of globalization and a colonial legacy. Grand cultural infrastructure, the discussion argues, remains a product of globalism and institutional paternalism without an organic engagement with the local public. Writers and public intellectuals echo the concerns of an increasingly agitated society whose educated residents are taking their rights of citizenship with remarkable earnestness.

Keywords:   cultural capital, global competition, institutional paternalism, globalization, civil society

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