Hong Kong, China: Learning to Belong to a Nation (Routledge by Gordon Mathews

By Gordon Mathews

  the assumption of ‘national id’ is an ambiguous one for Hong Kong. lower back to the nationwide include of China on 1 July 1997 after a hundred and fifty years as a British colony, the concept that of nationwide identification and what it potential to "belong to a state" is an issue of significant pressure and contestation in Hong Kong. Written via 3 educational experts on Hong Kong cultural id, social historical past, and mass media, this e-book explores the strategies by which the folks of Hong Kong are "learning to belong to a state" via reading their dating with the chinese language state and nation within the contemporary previous, current, and destiny. It considers the advanced meanings of and debates over nationwide identification in Hong Kong over the last fifty years and particularly over the past decade following Hong Kong’s go back to China. It additionally locations those arguments inside of a bigger, worldwide point of view, to invite what Hong Kong can educate us approximately nationwide id and its capability variations. Multidisciplinary in its method, Hong Kong and China explores nationwide id by way of conception, mass media, survey date, ethnography and background, and may attract scholars and students of chinese language background, cultural experiences, and nationalism.

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They encountered a sluggish labor market still recovering from the war; they also encountered the brutal fact that their previous working experience and credentials on the mainland were given only slight recognition in the new environment of Hong Kong. Many migrants had to start from scratch in Hong Kong, with their cultural capital downgraded, if not simply written off. For an ordinary family, housing and livelihood were daily problems. 9 percent lived in rented bedspaces or on verandahs. Those living in temporary structures (including rooftop huts and squatters’ makeshift dwellings) made up 21 percent of the population.

Being able to escape from a sea of 28 Fleeing the nation, creating a local home political turmoil in China, the migrants preferred to stay out of politics. As Ingrams observed: The Chinese in Hong Kong have certainly been in a position to reach the conclusion that good management without politics in Hong Kong is more profitable than politics and confusion in China…. The enormous migrant population has no interest in Hong Kong’s ultimate welfare at all. These people come and go as it pays them. ” First, the “refugee mentality” was a conscious attempt to stay away from political tensions created by rivalry between the communist and nationalist regimes; it was a distinct attempt to avoid the complications of “belonging to a nation,” given the venomously conflicting versions of “belonging to a nation” on offer in China as opposed to Taiwan.

In 1953 a terrible fire ravaged the northern Kowloon areas of Shek Kip Mei, making some 50,000 squatters homeless; this fire led the colonial government to create a massive public housing program in the following year (see Smart 2006 for a skeptical view of this process) which came to accommodate almost 40 percent of all households in the 1970s and 1980s. This massive public housing program was considered to be one of the most important factors enabling Hong Kong’s export-led labor-intensive industrialization, and ensuing social stability (Castells et al.

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