Hong Kong: A Cultural History

Paperback | March 15, 2007

byMichael Ingham

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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 1997return to Chinese sovereignty. Beneath the surface of Hong Kong's cliched self-image as Pearl of the Orient and Shopping Paradise, Michael Ingham reveals a city rich in history, myth, and cultural diversity.

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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 1997return to Chinese sovereignty. Beneath the su...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter One: The Pearl River and the Barren Island: The Story of Hong KongChapter Two: Centers of Power and Imagination: Central and AdmiraltyChapter Three: "Suzie's World": from Wan Chai to Happy ValleyChapter Four: "The Great Learning": Pokfulam, Hong Kong University and Western DistrictChapter Five: A Floating World: the Peak, Aberdeen, Stanley and Repulse BayChapter Six: Across the Fragrant Harbour: the Nine DragonsChapter Seven: "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth": From the New Territories to the Outlying IslandsFurther ReadingIndex

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