A range of research projects aimed at drawing greater knowledge and interest
in Hong Kong culture is being coordinated by the Centre of Asian Studies
(CAS) at The University of Hong Kong.
probe four social areas that have been important to Hong Kongs development;
the dynamism of its entrepreneurial culture, its constitutional history
both before and after 1997, everyday popular culture, and the fluidity
and pluralism of its transnational, cosmopolitan culture.
As well as
building a body of knowledge on Hong Kong culture, research findings are
being channelled into teaching material, and used as a basis to advise
government on the formation of social policies. To help educators and
students, 12 printed volumes are being produced; the first three on popular
Hong Kong culture, religion in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong literature.
opera stars Yuen Siu Fai (left) and Lee Yui Cho at a CAS seminar to
arouse interest in Hong Kong culture
and workshops have been organised, multimedia material has been produced
and a Cyber Express Culture website set up (see http://www.hku.hk/hkcsp/ccex.html).
In probing Hong Kongs entrepreneurial culture, researchers made
comparisons with Shanghai and Taipei.
Investigator and director of CAS, Prof Siu-lun Wong, said: Among
Chinese cities, Hong Kong is unique. What makes it different is its links
to the overseas Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia, to America and Australia.
Only Hong Kong played that role because Hong Kong is the hub for Chinese
migration overseas. Shanghai has never had that connection.
with Shanghai, said Prof Wong, is that Hong Kong had the benefit of more
than 100 years of administration continuity giving institutions like the
legal system time to develop and mature.
and unexpected large-scale movement of people between Hong Kong
and mainland China in recent years is another area of research and is
probably one aspect of the one-country two-systems that has been
overlooked, said Prof Wong.
cultural interchange and influence is enormous. Of course there are many
similarities in the people of Hong Kong and southern China as in family
and education values but there are also many differences as in consumer
and civic culture.
and management of high-rise residential communities with low impacts of
stress associated with high density living is an example of Hong Kong
culture transported across the border, especially to Guangdong and Shanghai,
he said. Hong Kong economic and popular culture has also clearly influenced
added: The impressive part of Hong Kong culture is that its
so fluid and lively and has always been open.
Prof Siu-lun Wong : firstname.lastname@example.org