A History of Hong Kong Comics in Film Adaptations: The Appearance of Self-Identities

  • Wendy Siuyi Wong
Part of the East Asian Popular Culture book series (EAPC)


Starting with a review of people residing in Hong Kong after the Second World War and linking the lives of these residents to comics-movie examples from the 1950s until 2014, this chapter reveals five traversing self-identity making stages of Hong Kong that comics-adapted movies mediated and represented. It is based on a study by the cultural sociologist Agnes Ku (Modern China 30(3): 326–360, 2004) on immigration policies and local belonging in Hong Kong between 1950 and 1980, in which she draws attention to immigration categories that British government officials used during this period: “problem of people” (p. 329), “persons of Chinese race” (p. 334), “settled residence” (p. 329) and “Hong Kong belongers” (p. 327). In borrowing these four categories as well as “Hongkonger,” a word added to The Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, this chapter conducts a contextual reading of the texts in comics-movie history in relation to the embodiment process of the self-identity of Hong Kong.


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  • Wendy Siuyi Wong
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  1. 1.Department of DesignYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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