Hong Kong Culture - Word and Image
Hong Kong as a world city draws on a rich variety of foundational texts in film, fiction, architecture and other forms of visual culture. The city has been a cultural fault-line for centuriesa translation space where Chinese-ness is interpreted for Westerners and Western-ness is translated for Chinese. Though constantly refreshed by its Chinese roots and global influences, this hub of Cantonese culture has flourished along cosmopolitan lines to build a modern, outward-looking character. Successfully managing this perpetual instability helps make Hong Kong a postmodern stepping-stone city, and helps make its citizens such prosperous and durable survivors in the modern world. This volume of essays engages many fields of cultural achievement. Several pieces discuss the tensions of English, closely associated with a colonial past, yet undeniably the key to Hong Kongs future. Hong Kong provides a vital point of contact, where cultures truly meet and a cosmopolitan traveller can feel at home and leave a sturdy mark. Contributors include John Carroll, Carolyn Cartier, David Clarke, Elaine Ho, Douglas Kerr, Michael Ingham, C. J. W.-L. Wee, Chu Yiu-Wai, Gina Marchetti, Esther M.K. Cheung, Pheng Cheah, Chris Berry, and Giorgio Biancorosso.
- Paperback | 324 pages
- 9 x 15 x 6mm | 1,312g
- 01 Sep 2010
- Hong Kong University Press
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong
"A very timely, ambitious and fascinating book. The essays are based on solid research, and full of theoretical or analytical insights illustrating the complexity of social and cultural life in Hong Kong. In addition to offering excellent essays on Hong K
About Kam Louie
Kam Louie is dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong.