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Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South ChinaTransborder Cultural Politics, 1970-2010$
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Eric Kit-wai Ma

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083459

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083459.001.0001

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Consuming satellite modernities: Hong Kong as an object of desire1

Consuming satellite modernities: Hong Kong as an object of desire1

(p.11) 1 Consuming satellite modernities: Hong Kong as an object of desire1
Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

Eric Kit-wai Ma

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the role of Hong Kong in the global network of transborder exchanges. Mainland migrants who came to Hong Kong in different periods of time are interviewed and their stories analysed to show how imaginations of modernity motivate their decisions to leave their home for Hong Kong. ‘Satellite modernities’ refer to the magnetic sites between highly developed cities and developing cities in the rest of the world. Throughout Asia, these satellite sites draw migrants from all over the region to realize the dreams of the global west in the relative security and comfort of regional localities. The chapter thus attempts to ground such concepts as modernity, consumption and identity formation in concrete boundary crossing experiences of Chinese immigrants.

Keywords:   satellite modernities, migrants, Hong Kong, China, Mainland migrants, transborder exchanges, network, modernity, consumption

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