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  the assumption of ‘national id’ is an ambiguous one for Hong Kong. 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 id and what it ability to "belong to a country" is an issue of significant stress and contestation in Hong Kong. Written through 3 educational experts on Hong Kong cultural id, social heritage, and mass media, this e-book explores the procedures wherein the folk of Hong Kong are "learning to belong to a country" by way of interpreting their courting with the chinese language state and nation within the contemporary previous, current, and destiny. It considers the advanced meanings of and debates over nationwide id in Hong Kong over the last fifty years and particularly over the last decade following Hong Kong’s go back to China. It additionally locations those arguments inside of a bigger, international viewpoint, to invite what Hong Kong can train us approximately nationwide id and its power modifications. Multidisciplinary in its procedure, Hong Kong and China explores nationwide id when it comes to idea, mass media, survey date, ethnography and heritage, and may entice scholars and students of chinese language heritage, cultural experiences, and nationalism.

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Chapter 7 examines how Hong Kong students describe their senses of “belonging to the nation” in comparison with students from mainland China and the United States, revealing a broad array of differences as well as similarities between Hong Kong and these other societies. In crucial respects, American and Chinese students resemble one another, with Hong Kong students on the outside, uncomprehend- The significance of Hong Kong 21 ing of the “love for country” that both American and Chinese students express: some Hong Kong students long to feel such love, while others only scorn it.

Lui was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, a time when Hong Kong and its population experienced major transformation. Being a member of the postwar baby-boomer cohort and a participant of the student movement in the late 1970s, The significance of Hong Kong 19 he observed the social and political detachment of his parents’ generation and personally witnessed how his own generation changed from being critics of colonialism to advocates of Hong Kong’s own values as distinct from those of China.

The British had their eyes on business with China and for that purpose they needed a sheltered harbor and a land base for logistics. These, not its natural resources, nor a population constituting an attractive market, were the primary functions of Hong Kong to the British. So, although Hong Kong clearly had its own longer historical linkages with China and benefited from its location and connectedness with a China-centered economic network (Hamashita 1997a, b), its social development into a trading port with an influx of population from China was largely an aftermath of the British colonization – although as many scholars have stressed (see Ngo 1999), the success of Hong Kong can by no means be explained simply as the result of good colonial rule.

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