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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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The Haunted City: Hong Kong and Its Urban Others

The Haunted City: Hong Kong and Its Urban Others

(p.41) 3 The Haunted City: Hong Kong and Its Urban Others
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

While architecture constructed on Hong Kong's harbor in the pre-handover period showed signs of the city being haunted by Sydney, and thus being perhaps less confident of its own identity than it might have seemed during that period of economic expansion, a much more traumatic civic haunting also became apparent during that pre-handover period. This was a haunting by Shanghai. The large flow of people from Shanghai to Hong Kong around 1949 was one way in which the fate of the two cities became linked, with many of those migrants going on to play significant roles in Hong Kong's political and economic life, even up to the present day. However, with the approach of the handover something else started to happen. As Hong Kong began to worry that its way of life might be threatened by reunification with the Mainland, it began to notice similarities between its historical trajectory.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Sydney, economic expansion, migrants, Shanghai, handover, economic life, political life

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