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Collaborative Colonial PowerThe Making of the Hong Kong Chinese$
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Wing Sang Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099296

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099296.001.0001

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Pedagogy of Imperialism

Pedagogy of Imperialism

Indirect Rule and HKU

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(p.57) 3 Pedagogy of Imperialism
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Collaborative Colonial Power
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Law Wing Sang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099296.003.0004

This chapter discusses how the general educational crisis, which emerged in many colonized societies, shaped the way in which British imperial authorities employed English-language education in Hong Kong and China. It examines how English education emerged as a new colonial governmentality, both as a response to the crisis situation wherein the old Anglicist belief that the English language embodied moral superiority was on the wane, and as an occasion for the rise of educational managerialism, by focusing on Frederick Lugard's project for the establishment of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). It also demonstrates that such a reconfiguration of the imperial “civilizing mission” would have been impossible without the enthusiasm of Chinese collaborators both in China in Hong Kong, all of whom were involved not only in shaping the post-Qing Chinese political order but also in the continuation of the British imperial mission in the new Republican China.

Keywords:   educational crisis, English-language education, Hong Kong, China, colonial governmentality, Anglicist belief, Frederick Lugard, University of Hong Kong, civilizing mission, political order

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