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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures

Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures

(p.xii) (p.1) Introduction Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

In order to explore the development of Hong Kong's cultural scene under the “one country, two systems” framework, this book has gathered together a group of world experts on Hong Kong cultural matters to contribute chapters related to their expertise on Hong Kong culture. Hong Kong has been a cultural fault-line for centuries—first, as a colonial space wrested from the Qing empire by Britain and second, as a prize won back by the government of the People's Republic of China. In this shaky geopolitical terrain, Hong Kong found its firm cultural ground and became a translation space where Chinese-ness was interpreted for “Westerners” and Western-ness was translated for Chinese. As a cultural hub Cantonese culture also flourished along new cosmopolitan lines to build a modern, outward-looking character. In combination, each of these interactions worked together to produce Hong Kong's unique culture.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, cultural scene, Qing empire, Britain, China, Cantonese culture

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