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Hong Kong Culture
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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 centuries — a 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 Kong’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction. Hong Kong on the Move: Creating Global Cultures
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. 1 - Ten Years Later: 1997–2007 as History
  2. pp. 9-23
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  1. 2 - Power Plays: Alternative Performance Art and Urban Space in the Political Life of the City
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. 3 - The Haunted City: Hong Kong and Its Urban Others
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. 4 - Chinese English, English Chinese: Biliteracy and Translation
  2. pp. 55-73
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  1. 5 - Louise Ho and the Local Turn: The Place of English Poetry in Hong Kong
  2. pp. 75-95
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  1. 6 - From Xu Xi to the Chief Executive: Hong Kong in the Dock
  2. pp. 97-111
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  1. 7 - The “New” East Asia and Hong Kong Cinema
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. 8 - One Country Two Cultures? Post-1997 Hong Kong Cinema and Co-productions
  2. pp. 131-145
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  1. 9 - Departing from The Departed: The Infernal Affairs Trilogy
  2. pp. 147-167
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  1. 10 - On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in The Secret, Rouge and Little Cheung
  2. pp. 169-191
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  1. 11 - Global Dreams and Nightmares: The Underside of Hong Kong as a Global City in Fruit Chan’s Hollywood, Hong Kong
  2. pp. 193-211
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  1. 12 - Hong Kong Watcher: Tammy Cheung and the Hong Kong Documentary
  2. pp. 213-228
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  1. 13 - Global Music/Local Cinema: Two Wong Kar-wai Pop Compilations
  2. pp. 229-245
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-262
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  1. References
  2. pp. 263-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-312
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