Hong Kong: A Cultural History

Hong Kong: A Cultural History

by Michael Ingham
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Hong Kong: A Cultural History by Michael Ingham

Hong Kong is the epitome of the modern city and a crossroads between eastern and western cultures. Today the city is most famously characterized by its breathtaking skyscraper skyline, dominating its "fragrant" harbor. The hundred-year-old Star Ferry, which continues to ply the seven-minute route between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, enhances the nocturnal magic of this unique maritime city, composed of China's southernmost peninsula and an archipelago of over two hundred islands. Hong Kong has always been something of an anomaly, and an outpost of empire, whether British or Chinese. Once described as a "barren island," the former fishing community has been transformed by its own economic miracle into one of Asia's World Cities, taking in its stride the territory's 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's clichéd self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity. * City of Occupation and Immigration: The Buddhists; the Sung emperor and the Mongols; the northern Chinese; the British; other expatriates; the triads; sailors of all descriptions; the Japanese army; the Filipino "maids"; the rugby fans. * City of Glass, Bamboo, and Fung Shui: Temples and markets; walled village and city; skyscrapers and hotels; buildings and values--ancient and modern. * City of Cultural Hybridity: Sun Yat-seng and Sir Catchick Paul Chater; Chinese Opera and cinema; classical music and Canto-pop; Bruce Lee and Chris Patten; Suzie Wong and Wong Kar-wai; Timothy Mo and Mickey Mouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199886241
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/18/2007
Series: Cityscapes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,040,556
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Michael Ingham teaches at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and is a founder member of the local Theatre Action drama group.

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Hong Kong: A Cultural History 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
Ingham gives a street-level walkaround, always pointing out the movie scenes, books, or historic legends associated with each place. The tour is very verbal, so it's strong on stories but weak on maps or pictures. If you've been there and can picture it, it's great. Ingham does a capable inventory of all that's memorable, famous, or great, across the island-studded Semi-Autonomous Region. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
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