Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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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.

 

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Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys is not a travelogue. Rather, it’s a sort of sociological look at Hong Kong expatriates’ lifestyles. Although it features some occasionally useful ... Read full review

Contents

Making New Lives
36
The English Business
62
Old China Hands
78
Working Global Systems
100
Life at the Top
132
Service
154
Boys Night Out
178
Clubbing
196
On Patrol
216
Migration Revisited
226
Endings and Beginnings
242
Notes
255
Bibliography
263
Index
269
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About the author (2009)

Caroline Knowles is professor of sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the author of Race and Social Analysis. Douglas Harper is professor of sociology at Duquesne University and the author of Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture.

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