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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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Realizing wedding imaginations: Marriages with a Hong Kong connection

Realizing wedding imaginations: Marriages with a Hong Kong connection

(p.113) 6 Realizing wedding imaginations: Marriages with a Hong Kong connection
Desiring Hong Kong, Consuming South China

Eric Kit-wai Ma

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter presents a comparative case study of visuality in weddings of couples from Hong Kong and the Mainland, and the role of the wedding ceremony in exhibiting and stabilizing social identity. The cases indicate that those with low visual competency, limited urban experience, and low economic capital tend to have a strong and hierarchical wedding imagination, while those with high visual competency, sophisticated urban experience and high economic capital have a more flexible and situational display of wedding visuality. Hong Kong connections, as identity resources, add flexibility to the realization of wedding imaginations. However, in recent years, as the transborder cultural politics in South China has been less Hong Kong centric, class boundaries have sometimes been more influential than Mainland-Hong Kong boundaries in structuring the cultural imaginations of modern life.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, South China, weddings, ceremony, visual competency, urbanism, transborder culture, class

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