University of Westminster, London, U.K.
"Hong Kong 'Identity' After the End of History"
1) 1997: A Year of No Significance
2) "Post-Colonial" Hong Kong: What's Culture Got to Do with It?
3) The Public Sphere in Search of a "Structural" Transformation
4) Countdown to the Next 46 Years?
This paper is a preliminary attempt to reassess the relevance of "identity" for understanding various currents in Hong Kong culture and society. At issue are not just the relative influences of "nationalism", "colonialism" and the "public" in the construction of cultural conscience but more importantly their embeddedness in the changing global economy, ongoing institutional practices and political policy-at-large.