Reinventing Hong Kong Chinese
This chapter illustrates postcolonial cultural politics by drawing upon a few examples from a special issue of the Bulletin of Hong Kong Cultural Studies (BHKCS) published in 1996 — one year before the handover. It notes that these articles emerged as a response to the stifling political and intellectual atmosphere of “1997 politics”, in which Hong Kong people, though excluded from any meaningful negotiation, were bombarded daily by hollow Chinese nationalist rhetoric and British hypocrisy. It further notes that the unreflective transplantations of some critical frameworks onto transitional Hong Kong were taken to task, as those frameworks did not properly deal with Hong Kong colonialities. It observes that although the impact of the critical and dissident young authors cannot compare with that of heads of state and local political leaders, it provided something new to the understanding of Hong Kong's coloniality — not just of its past, but of its changing face.
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