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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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Ten Years Later: 1997–2007 as History

Ten Years Later: 1997–2007 as History

(p.8) (p.9) 1 Ten Years Later: 1997–2007 as History
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the decade since the 1997 retrocession by framing it within the wider scope of Hong Kong's history and within comparative colonial history. After briefly reviewing some of the changes and continuities in the period between 1997 and 2007, it considers three main issues: the problems of periodization and definitions inherent in Hong Kong's unique decolonization process, the difficulties involved in commemorating Hong Kong's first postcolonial decade, and some of the region's colonial legacies and current political realities. The overwhelming majority of tourists are no longer Westerners but mainland Chinese. Whereas Westerners used to travel to Hong Kong to catch a glimpse of “Red China” across the border, they also came to see traditional China, preserved in the New Territories and seemingly unchanged by the Communist revolution. Now, newspapers and magazines overseas frequently carry articles about Hong Kong's heritage and the dynamic, hybrid flair reflected in its cinema, cuisine, and architecture.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, colonial history, periodization, decolonization, China, New Territories, Communist revolution

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