Hong Kong

Hong Kong : A Cultural History

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Hong Kong is the epitome of the modern city and a crossroads between eastern and western cultures. Today the city is most famously characterized by its breathtaking skyscraper skyline, dominating its "fragrant" harbor. The hundred-year-old Star Ferry, which continues to ply the seven-minute route between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, enhances the nocturnal magic of this unique maritime city, composed of China's southernmost peninsula and an archipelago of over two hundred islands. Hong Kong has always been something of an anomaly, and an outpost of empire, whether British or Chinese. Once described as a "barren island," the former fishing community has been transformed by its own economic miracle into one of Asia's World Cities, taking in its stride the territory's 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's cliched self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity.* City of Occupation and Immigration: The Buddhists; the Sung emperor and the Mongols; the northern Chinese; the British; other expatriates; the triads; sailors of all descriptions; the Japanese army; the Filipino "maids"; the rugby fans. * City of Glass, Bamboo, and Fung Shui: Temples and markets; walled village and city; skyscrapers and hotels; buildings and values-ancient and modern. * City of Cultural Hybridity: Sun Yat-seng and Sir Catchick Paul Chater; Chinese Opera and cinema; classical music and Canto-pop; Bruce Lee and Chris Patten; Suzie Wong and Wong Kar-wai; Timothy Mo and Mickey Mouse.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 137.2 x 213.4 x 20.3mm | 408.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195314964
  • 9780195314960

About Michael Ingham

Michael Ingham teaches at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and is a founder member of the local Theatre Action drama group.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; Chapter One: The Pearl River and the Barren Island: The Story of Hong Kong ; Chapter Two: Centers of Power and Imagination: Central and Admiralty ; Chapter Three: "Suzie's World": from Wan Chai to Happy Valley ; Chapter Four: "The Great Learning": Pokfulam, Hong Kong University and Western District ; Chapter Five: A Floating World: the Peak, Aberdeen, Stanley and Repulse Bay ; Chapter Six: Across the Fragrant Harbour: the Nine Dragons ; Chapter Seven: "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth": From the New Territories to the Outlying Islands ; FURTHER READING ; INDEXshow more

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