Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
"Decolonizing academics: Research culture and academic freedom in postcolonial Hong Kong"
When a highly developed Western colony consisting largely of Chinese emigres is handed over to her mother country in the absence of an indigenous liberation struggle, what does postcoloniality mean for Hong Kong's inhabitants? What are the political and economic interests at stake in the competing discourses of decolonization and re-colonization, and how have they impacted the academy? In what ways have issues of academic freedom been inserted into local identity politics and international power play? In my observations on Hong Kong after 1997, I locate academics' scramble to create, institute and resist a research culture within a symptomatic nexus of postcolonial anxiety, nationalistic fervor, bureaucratic structure, global capital, and ideological contestation.