Cultural Contestations and Social Integration: What Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Can Learn from the Experiences of Malaysia and Singapore?
China is rapidly developing and many cities have expanded in tremendous scale. To what extent economic development is par with social policies and services support is a great challenge for sustainable growth. Employing designs of social indicators first to evaluate social progress and then to guide social integration has a long tradition worldwide. The Central government of China has just proclaimed the plan of developing the Guangdong – Hong Kong – Macao Greater Bay Area in order to give the economic development of the region another push. Nevertheless these efforts will only be successful if the cities in the region can gradually form into supplementary and complimentary unions. Without a gradually leveling in terms of social welfare and social life, free mobility of professional talents and innovative human resources will be jeopardized. This will make the next phase of development difficult. Malaysia, Singapore and neighboring countries along the Melaka Gateway give us a vivid example in modern history particularly in this century on economic and cultural integration. The historical and continuing presence of the Chinese communities in the Melaka Gateway region makes it a perfect example for us to study and compare respective models of social development.
The paper examines social indicators of the two regions and highlights on what we can learn from each other. The research mainly adopts the secondary data analysis approach.
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