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Hong Kong

Anthropological Essays on a Chinese Metropolis

By Grant Evans, Maria Tam

Routledge – 1997 – 335 pages

Series: Anthropology of Asia

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Hong Kong has become a by-word for all that is modern and sparkling in Asia today.

Yet tourist brochures still play with the old cliche of Hong Kong as a place where 'East meets West'. Images of so-called 'traditional' China, junks sailing Victoria Harbour or old women praying to gods in smoky temples, mingle with those portraying Hong Kong as a consumer and business paradise.

This collection of essays attempts to transcend the old polarities. It looks at modern Hong Kong in all its splendour and diversity in the run-up to its re-absorption into Greater China in mid-97, through the mediums of film, food, architecture, rumours and slang.

It explores the question of a distinct, modern Chinese identity in Hong Kong, and even when it explores the traditional stamping ground of the older anthropology in the New Territories it finds a dramatically changed context, in particular for women.

This collection presents an intriguing insight into the process of transition from 'tradition' to 'modernity' in this Modern Chinese Metropolis.

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  1. Asian Studies

Name: Hong Kong: Anthropological Essays on a Chinese Metropolis (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Grant Evans, Maria Tam. Hong Kong has become a by-word for all that is modern and sparkling in Asia today.Yet tourist brochures still play with the old cliche of Hong Kong as a place where 'East meets West'. Images of so-called 'traditional'...
Categories: Asian Studies