Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Music

Title

The struggle between globalisation, nationalism and music education in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

The year 2008 marked the 11th anniversary of Hong Kong's return from the UK to the People's Republic of China. In this decade, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has repeatedly emphasised the importance of the development of national identity and patriotism in school education, and has at the same time introduced diverse cultural values into the school curriculum. This article explores the dynamics and complexity of the relationships between the state, globalisation and nationalism in Hong Kong that are re-shaping music education in response to contemporary socio-political changes. It argues that Hong Kong school music education has made a gradual cultural shift towards globalism and nationalism, and away from the Westernism that has dominated Hong Kong music education since before the change of sovereignty on 1 July 1997. The article concludes with a discussion of how music education might juggle two pairs of relationships in the curriculum: between global and national cultures; and between the education of cultural values and nationalism in Chinese music. There is pressure to rethink teacher education in terms of the need to be aware of the socio-political environment in which it operates, and within which it makes music education socially relevant. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

globalisation, Hong Kong music education, nationalism

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Music Education Research

Volume

11

Issue

4

Start Page

439

End Page

456

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/14613800903390741

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14613800903390741

ISSN (print)

14613808

ISSN (electronic)

14699893

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