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Hong Kong : Anthropological Essays on a Chinese Metropolis - Grant Evans

Hong Kong

Anthropological Essays on a Chinese Metropolis

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Published: 25th June 1997
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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.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Anthropology of Contemporary Hong Kongp. 1
Hong Kong Ethnicity: Of Folk Models and Changep. 25
Back To The Future: Herbal Tea Shops in Hong Kongp. 51
Of Mimicry and Mermaids: Hong Kong and the Documentary Film Legacyp. 77
Resurgent Chinese Power in Postmodern Disguise: The New Bank of China Buildings in Hong Kong and Macaup. 102
Treading the Margins: Performing Hong Kongp. 124
Negotiating Tradition: Customary Succession in the New Territories of Hong Kongp. 151
Jyuht Fohng Neuih: Female Inheritance and Affectionp. 174
Motherhood in Hong Kong: The Working Mother and Child-care in the Parent-Centred Hong Kong Familyp. 198
Traditional Values and Modern Meanings in the Paper Offering Industry of Hong Kongp. 223
Sacred Power in the Metropolis: Shrines and Temples in Hong Kongp. 242
Ghosts and the New Governor: The Anthropology of a Hong Kong Rumourp. 267
Bad Boys and Bad Language: Chou Hau and the Sociolinguistics of Swearwords in Hong Kong Cantonesep. 299
Glossaryp. 333
Contributorsp. 335
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780700706013
ISBN-10: 0700706011
Series: Anthropology of Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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