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.
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: The Anthropology of Contemporary Hong Kong||p. 1|
|Hong Kong Ethnicity: Of Folk Models and Change||p. 25|
|Back To The Future: Herbal Tea Shops in Hong Kong||p. 51|
|Of Mimicry and Mermaids: Hong Kong and the Documentary Film Legacy||p. 77|
|Resurgent Chinese Power in Postmodern Disguise: The New Bank of China Buildings in Hong Kong and Macau||p. 102|
|Treading the Margins: Performing Hong Kong||p. 124|
|Negotiating Tradition: Customary Succession in the New Territories of Hong Kong||p. 151|
|Jyuht Fohng Neuih: Female Inheritance and Affection||p. 174|
|Motherhood in Hong Kong: The Working Mother and Child-care in the Parent-Centred Hong Kong Family||p. 198|
|Traditional Values and Modern Meanings in the Paper Offering Industry of Hong Kong||p. 223|
|Sacred Power in the Metropolis: Shrines and Temples in Hong Kong||p. 242|
|Ghosts and the New Governor: The Anthropology of a Hong Kong Rumour||p. 267|
|Bad Boys and Bad Language: Chou Hau and the Sociolinguistics of Swearwords in Hong Kong Cantonese||p. 299|
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Series: Anthropology of Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 25th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1