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Cultural Conflict in Hong Kong

Angles on a Coherent Imaginary

  • Jason S. Polley
  • Vinton W.K. Poon
  • Lian-Hee Wee
  • Offers intersection of a variety of cultural elements that make up what is known as Hong Kong

  • Considers linguistic, literary, and cultural representations of Hong Kong and how they destabilize the territory as a unified community and space

  • Examines how cultural elements are appropriated into the Hong Kong imaginary

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Jason S. Polley, Vinton W. K. Poon, Lian-Hee Wee
    Pages 1-12
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

About this book


This book examines how in navigating Hong Kong’s colonial history alongside its ever-present Chinese identity, the city has come to manifest a conflicting socio-cultural plurality.  Drawing together scholars, critics, commentators, and creators on the vanguard of the emerging field of Hong Kong Studies, the essay volume presents a gyroscopic perspective that discerns what is made in from what is made into Hong Kong while weaving a patchwork of the territory’s contested local imaginary. This collection celebrates as it critiques the current state of Hong Kong society on the 20th anniversary of its handover to China. The gyroscopic outlook of the volume makes it a true area studies book-length treatment of Hong Kong, and a key and interdisciplinary read for students and scholars wishing to explore the territory’s complexities.


Linguistic, literary, and cultural representations of Hong Kong Hong Kong territory as a unified community and space Hong Kong identities and cultures Post colonialism and Hong Kong identities cultural elements and the Hong Kong imaginary cultural conflict in post colonial societies

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason S. Polley
    • 1
  • Vinton W.K. Poon
    • 2
  • Lian-Hee Wee
    • 3
  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong KongHong Kong

About the editors

Jason S. Polley is Associate Professor of literary journalism, postmodernism, and poststructuralism at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests include post-WWII graphic forms, media analysis, Hong Kong Studies, and Anglo-Indian fiction. His creative nonfiction books are Refrain (2010) and Cemetery Miss You (2011). His monograph is Jane Smiley, Jonathan Franzen, Don DeLillo: Narratives of Everyday Justice (2011).

Vinton W.K. Poon is a Lecturer at the Master of Arts Programme at Hong Kong Baptist University. He teaches and researches discourse, history of linguistics, as well as language and politics.

Lian-Hee Wee is Professor of linguistics at Hong Kong Baptist University and has co-authored/edited six volumes and numerous book chapters and articles, largely on phonology. His phonetic-learning APP (AV Phonetics) has been downloaded more than 10,000 times by students and faculty of linguistics, psychology and music around the world.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cultural Conflict in Hong Kong
  • Book Subtitle Angles on a Coherent Imaginary
  • Editors Jason S. Polley
    Vinton W.K. Poon
    Lian-Hee Wee
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7765-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-3996-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7766-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Studies
    Asian Culture
    Imperialism and Colonialism
    Postcolonial/World Literature