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Cosmopolitan Capitalists : Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora at the End of the Twentieth Century - Gary G. Hamilton

Cosmopolitan Capitalists

Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora at the End of the Twentieth Century

By: Gary G. Hamilton (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780295978031
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 22+ years old

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At midnight on June 30, 1997, Hong Kong became part of the People's Republic of China. The transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from Great Britain to China was an extraordinary historical event, signifying the end of the West's colonial presence in Asia and the rise of China's hegemony.

In 150 years as a British colony, Hong Kong changed from a barely inhabitable colonial entrepĂ´t to one of the world's leading financial and industrial centers. Faced with a new social and economic order under Chinese law, many Hong Kongers moved to a new country; others decided to stay; but many chose to maintain their lives and livelihoods in Hong Kong, while spreading their assets and their family members around the world. They bought apartments in London and condos in Vancouver, invested in firms in Guangzhou and Thailand, and sent their children to schools in Europe and Australia. These new up-market migrants have transformed a cosmopolitan outlook into a global presence.

Cosmopolitan Capitalists focuses on the people of Hong Kong and how they are defining themselves under alteredcircumstances. It is a broad multi-disciplinary view of Hong Kong's transformation, written for a general audience by some of the world's foremost scholars on the region.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Hong Kong and the Rise of Capitalism in Asiap. 14
Localism and the Organization of Overseas Migration in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 35
Chinese Cities: The Difference a Century Makesp. 56
Between China and the World: Hong Kong's Economy Before and After 1997p. 80
Hong Kong: Cultural Kaleidoscope on a World Landscapep. 100
Chineseness: The Dilemmas of Place and Practicep. 118
Deciding to Stay, Deciding to Move, Deciding Not to Decidep. 135
Hong Kong Immigration and the Question of Democracy: Contemporary Struggles over Urban Politics in Vancouver, B.C.p. 152
From Colonial Rule to One Country, Two Systemsp. 167
List of Contributorsp. 180
Indexp. 182
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ISBN: 9780295978031
ISBN-10: 0295978031
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.28