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In late 2014, the prodemocracy demonstrations that were called the "Umbrella Movement" revealed to the world that Hong Kong was not the moneyobsessed society it had often been portrayed as. Hong Kong Soft Power is a description of the complex relationship the artists and activists of this city have had with the country it has been part of since 1997. Trying to understand all the varied forms of art practices possible in the Special Administrative Region by locating them within a relational model, and situating them within the dynamic and changing art ecosystem that has developed over the last decade, Hong Kong Soft Power describes the local art field as a site of struggle where the connections with Chinese Mainland institutions and art practices play a fundamental role. This is not to say that this influence has entirely dominated the local art field, and this book also emphasizes how the artists of the city have engaged in practices ranging from the most personal to the most sociallyoriented. With the analysis of the works of about fifty local art practitioners and a representative range of art institutions, Hong Kong Soft Power is the portrait of a culture going through the trials and tribulations of rapid political and economic changes in both its negative and positive effects.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. A New Art Ecosystem and Its Burgeoning Effects
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  1. 2. Sorting the Intricacies of a Complex Art Field
  2. pp. 97-154
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  1. 3. “Native” Chinese Art
  2. pp. 155-208
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  1. 4. Ink Art
  2. pp. 209-244
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  1. 5. Plastician Practices
  2. pp. 245-300
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  1. 6. Relational Aesthetics in the Expanded Field
  2. pp. 301-372
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  1. Coda
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  1. Bibliography
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