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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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Imagining Hong Kong: Featuring transborder imageries

Imagining Hong Kong: Featuring transborder imageries

(p.33) 2 Imagining Hong Kong: Featuring transborder imageries
Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

Eric Kit-wai Ma

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the configurations of transborder imaginations, featuring their general characteristics and the social circumstances from which they are formed in the minds of the people in South China. It illustrates how transborder flows of cultural imagination are rooted in differentiating materiality and ideologies on the two sides of the border. The higher the differentials, the stronger the imaginations will be. The discussion moves away from the general theoretical claims of cultural homogenization and hybridization, and describes the patterns and configurations of cultural imaginations in more analytic terms. Transborder cultural imaginations can be deterrestrialized, inflated, collapsed and reterrestrialized into the internal social networks and circuits of meaning construction.

Keywords:   transborder imaginations, cultural imagination, migrants, Hong Kong, South China, Mainland China, networks, ideologies, modernity, consumption

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