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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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Indigenizing Colonial Power and the Return to China

Indigenizing Colonial Power and the Return to China

(p.151) 7 Indigenizing Colonial Power and the Return to China
Collaborative Colonial Power

Law Wing Sang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the discursive shifts and displacements that led to a complex configuration of identity politics between Hong Kong and China. It argues that although the change of political orientation was dramatic, significant continuity between the Cold War-affected diasporic Chinese nationalism and the emergent subjectivity of the young Hong Kong elite can be seen. It notes that such an analysis of what the author describes as the Return discourse should begin with a review of the postwar education system from which student movements emerged, for it constituted a prominent part of what Appadurai calls the “ideoscape” of 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong. It addresses the question of how and why conditions were already there in Hong Kong for colonial power to be indigenized before the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to the PRC was realized in 1997.

Keywords:   identity politics, Hong Kong, Chinese nationalism, education system, Appadurai, ideoscape, Cold War, Britain, PRC

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