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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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A Sense of Place in Hong Kong: The Case of Tai O

A Sense of Place in Hong Kong: The Case of Tai O

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Hong Kong Mobile

Wing-hoi Chan

Hong Kong University Press

Using the “reinvention” of Tai O village in Lantau Island as an example, this chapter takes a micro look at the processes by which an urban population's fascination with a rural community has become for some an idiom for building non-local links, links that may mock the very idea of the local community. Tai O's rope-driven ferry and the debate over the building of the anchorage illustrate that non-local interests in history, nature, and culture can be at odds with the attitudes and priorities of many locals. However, in this case, appeals to outside imaginings of “local community” and the channels established through promoting “local culture” became powerful tools for causes previously rejected by the local political hierarchy or government.

Keywords:   Lantau Island, entrepreneurial resource, anchorage, local community, political hierarchy

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