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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

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(p.xii) (p.1) Introduction Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures
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Hong Kong Culture
Author(s):
Kam Louie
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.003.0001

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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