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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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Rethinking Colonial Institutions, Standards, Life Styles and Experiences

Rethinking Colonial Institutions, Standards, Life Styles and Experiences

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David Faure

Hong Kong University Press

Cultural capital develops within particular institutional environments. This chapter shows that a historical approach gives a more-nuanced and less-politically charged view of the colonial experiences and the hardening and softening of the territory's borders. It argues that institutional integrity, a proudly flaunted Hong Kong feature, developed from a society and polity that enjoyed an unusual degree of autonomy as a colony. The economic history of Hong Kong should recognize not a government-led economy but a government responsive to business demands to generate entrepreneurial positioning. Examples include the import–export business in the nineteenth century, the industries from the 1920s, the power of the Hong Kong dollar from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1990s, the physical infrastructure of ports and roads, and the legal infrastructure tied to the operation of company legislation. These processes have attracted competitive human talents.

Keywords:   cultural capital, Hong Kong, colonial era, territory borders, institutional integrity, dollar

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