Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys

Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys

by Caroline Knowles, Douglas Harper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226448576

ISBN-13: 9780226448572

Pub. Date: 10/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In 1997 the United Kingdom returned control of Hong Kong to China, ending the city’s status as one of the last remnants of the British Empire and initiating a new phase for it as both a modern city and a hub for global migrations. Hong Kong is a tour of the city’s postcolonial urban landscape, innovatively told through fieldwork and

Overview

In 1997 the United Kingdom returned control of Hong Kong to China, ending the city’s status as one of the last remnants of the British Empire and initiating a new phase for it as both a modern city and a hub for global migrations. Hong Kong is a tour of the city’s postcolonial urban landscape, innovatively told through fieldwork and photography.

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper’s point of entry into Hong Kong is the unusual position of the British expatriates who chose to remain in the city after the transition. Now a relatively insignificant presence, British migrants in Hong Kong have become intimately connected with another small minority group there: immigrants from Southeast Asia. The lives, journeys, and stories of these two groups bring to life a place where the past continues to resonate for all its residents, even as the city hurtles forward into a future marked by transience and transition. By skillfully blending ethnographic and visual approaches, Hong Kong offers a fascinating guide to a city that is at once unique in its recent history and exemplary of our globalized present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226448572
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue

BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

     Arriving in Hong Kong
     Framing Migration
     Framing Migrants
     Framing Hong Kong Chineseness
     Framing Whiteness
     Framing Empire and After
     Framing the Investigation
     Arranging the Dead
     Soldiering On
     Drying the Flag

MAKING NEW LIVES

     An Ordinary Life(style)
     Day-trip to Shenzhen
     Inside the Expatriate Bubble
     Fabricating the City
     Moving On
     
THE ENGLISH BUSINESS

     The Schools and Language Game
     Trading Places
     
OLD CHINA HANDS

     Riding the Waves
     Managing Dis/Location
     Island Life
     "Britain Saddens Me"
     Lifestyle Migration
     The Baby

WORKING GLOBAL SYSTEMS

     Corporate Lives/Wives
     The United States and the Matrix of Global Dominance
     "Choosers and Loosers"
     Chungking Mansions
     Central Kowloon Mosque
     Indian Food

LIFE AT THE TOP

     The Peak
     Ladies Who Lunch
     Tea?

SERVICE

     Serving-Class Migrants
     Living inside Others' Lives
     Sundays in Statue Square
     Relationships in the Philippines
     Routes Out

BOYS' NIGHT OUT

     Night and Day in Wanchai
     Wanchai Warriors
     The "Girlies"
     
CLUBBING

     Club Scenes
     United Services Recreation Club
     Poolside with the Vicars's Wife
     Poolside with the Diver
     "It's time to pack up and go home"
     Kowloon Cricket Club

ON PATROL

MIGRATION REVISITED

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
     
     Bringing it All Back Home
     Joyce

Notes
Index

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