Global Hong Kong
Published August 30th 2005 by Routledge – 328 pages
Series: Global Realities
Global Hong Kong locates Hong Kong in the contemporary globalizing world. Hong Kong, as the authors argue, is an archetypal place, sitting at the intersection of East and West. It is also a major center for global capital flows and world trade. Moreover, in recent years, the island's global cultural power has become increasingly evident, as Hong Kong popular culture has spread to the West via a booming film industry. While looking at issues of postcoloniality, transnationalism and economic globalization, Wong and McDonogh focus on the new cultures and social formations of contemporary Hong Kong, as well as the transformation of the physical city itself. They also trace the new interconnections - economic, demographic, social and cultural - between Hong Kong and other parts of the worldthat have benn fostered by globalization.
Books in this series look at how nations and regions across the world are navigating the tumultuous currents of globalization. Concise, descriptive, interdisciplinary, and theoretically informed, they serve as ideal introductions to the peoples and places of our increasingly globalized world.
Introduction: Why Hong Kong? 1. Reading Hong Kong in Place and Time 2. Origins and Growth, 1840s-1930s 3. Transformations of Hong Kong, 1930-1970 4. Toward the 21st Century: Speed and Paradox 5. Hong Kong and its Regional Context 6. Hong Kong and Cities of East Asia 7 Diasporic Hong Kong
Gary McDonogh is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College. Cindy Wong is an associate professor in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where she recently received tenure.