Hong Kong: A Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - History - 254 pages
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.
 

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Contents

The Pearl River and the Barren Island The Story of Hong Kong
1
Centres of Power and Imagination Central and Admiralty
21
Suzies World from Wan Chai to Happy Valley
55
The Great Learning Pokfulam Hong Kong University and Western District
95
A Floating World The Peak Aberdeen Stanley and Repulse Bay
131
Across the Fragrant Harbour the Nine Dragons
159
Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth From the New Territories to the Outlying Islands
201

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

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