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From transnational to Chinese national? A new in-betweenness of Hong Kong cinema in the postcolonial politics of disappearance

Siu Keung Cheung (Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University , North Point, Hong Kong)

Social Transformations in Chinese Societies

ISSN: 1871-2673

Article publication date: 5 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to challenge the longstanding cosmopolitan interpretation of Hong Kong, particularly why this global city fails to absorb China equally through its great inclusiveness and flexibility as before. On the contrary, rising tensions, conflicts and resistance could be founded between Hong Kong and China these days.

Design/methodology/approach

By using Hong Kong cinema as an analytical lens, this paper seeks to throw light on the cinematic landscape of post-1997 Hong Kong and, by implications, the overall destiny of postcolonial Hong Kong under Chinese rule.

Findings

The postcolonial Hong Kong, although lacking a symmetric status and equal weight, remains an active player with Chinese hegemony that appeals to the newfound market power to consolidate their systemic control on the city. By acting upon itself with the subjectivity and reflexivity from itself, postcolonial Hong Kong takes many actions to do justice that criticizes the political and ideological correctness and challenges the contemporary national authority from one-party rule.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates a new in-betweenness in the relation to the making of postcolonial Hong Kong. This paper advances insights into a postcolonial reinvention of the politics of disappearance that remains underexplored.

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Citation

Cheung, S.K. (2017), "From transnational to Chinese national? A new in-betweenness of Hong Kong cinema in the postcolonial politics of disappearance", Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 106-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/STICS-04-2017-0009

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