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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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Transborder desire: Fantasizing, learning and apprehending modernity

Transborder desire: Fantasizing, learning and apprehending modernity

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(p.49) 3 Transborder desire: Fantasizing, learning and apprehending modernity
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Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China
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Eric Kit-wai Ma

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083459.003.0004

This is a case study of two theoretically sampled television dramas. Exploiting the historical moment when China was at the early stage of catching up with global capitalism and when Hong Kong was still serving as an object of desire, the case study dramatizes our understanding of transborder imaginations when two modes of capitalistic modernity collide with each other. These two selected Chinese TV dramas, produced for the audience in Mainland China, dramatize cultural fantasy, produce popular knowledge, and project the apprehension of a yet-to-be-realized capitalistic market in post-socialist China.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, China, modernisation, global capitalism, television, drama, cultural fantasy

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