Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Language

English

Abstract

This paper analyses the vicissitudes of Hong Kong people‘s waves of hostility toward visitors from mainland China, treating the hostility as exemplary of a more general but extensive problem of racialism in China. It has two intentions. First, it wants to understand historically how since the start of the twenty-first century, the simplicity of Hong Kongers‘ confused response towards mainlanders has grown into a series of organised "anti-mainlander campaigns" and an allegedly "racist" phenomenon. Second, this paper seeks to document and investigate these sometimes-dangerous sentiments that characterise, confuse and overtake the Hong Kongers‘ struggle for liberal democracy and regional autonomy. To do so is not to pattern itself on the Chinese state‘s announced goal of policing Hong Kong‘s status as a "special administrative region." Although Hong Kongers derive small political benefit from such "campaigns," they have few ways in which they can overcome the prospect of losing their distinctiveness and becoming one of the many cities of "global China." Given the complex origins of this Hong Kong-mainland relationship in historical colonialism and global capitalism, and given the People‘s Republic‘s new power and status as a key player in the global capital order, Hong Kongers seek to express themselves through free speech, but doing so in a way which creates a public spectacle.

Keywords

Racism, Hong Kong, anti-mainland campaigns, Tibet, colonialism, civility

Publication Date

12-2014

Source Publication Title

Asiatic : IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature

Volume

8

Issue

2

Start Page

57

End Page

87

Publisher

International Islamic University Malaysia

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

ISSN (print)

19853106

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