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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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Cultural Cold War and the Diasporic Nation

Cultural Cold War and the Diasporic Nation

(p.131) 6 Cultural Cold War and the Diasporic Nation
Collaborative Colonial Power

Law Wing Sang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter considers the Cold War as the most important background against which there emerged a cultural and political imagery about a diasporic Chinese nation. It analyses the connections of currents of thought manifested in notions such as Overseas China or in intellectual currents such as Neo-Confucianism, with the controversial Cold War cultural infrastructure revealing how the latter pre-conditioned the materialization of a distinct type of Chinese nationalism in Hong Kong identity, as it is now known. It observes that there is a common belief that the rise of Hong Kong identity in the 1970s is attributable to the political awakening of Hong Kong's postwar baby-boomer generation to colonial oppression. It considers the indigenization of colonial power as the main motif informing and underlying the writings and the other practices of some of the latest members of the colonial intelligentsia.

Keywords:   Cold War, diasporic Chinese nation, Overseas China, Neo-Confucianism, identity, colonial oppression, indigenization

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