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Cosmopolitan Capitalists: Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora at the end of the 20th Century

Опубликовано на портале: 19-12-2009
Ред.: Gary G. Hamilton
Изд-во: University of Washington Press, 1999, 185 с.
At midnight on June 30, 1997, Hong Kong became part of the People's Republic of China. The transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from Great Britain to China was an extraordinary historical event, signifying the end of the West's colonial presence in Asia and the rise of China's hegemony. In 150 years as a British colony, Hong Kong changed from a barely inhabitable colonial entrepot to one of the world's leading financial and industrial centers. Faced with a new social and economic order under Chinese law, many Hong Kongers moved to a new country; others decided to stay; but many chose to maintain their lives and livelihoods in Hong Kong, while spreading their assets and their family members around the world. They bought apartments in London and condos in Vancouver, invested in firms in Guangzhou and Thailand, and sent their children to schools in Europe and Australia. These new up-market migrants have transformed a cosmopolitan outlook into a global presence. "Cosmopolitan Capitalists" focuses on the people of Hong Kong and how they are defining themselves under altered circumstances. It is a broad multi-disciplinary view of Hong Kong's transformation, written for a general audience by some of the world's foremost scholars on the region. Gary Hamilton is professor of sociology at the University of Washington. Other contributors include Katharyne Mitchell, Barry Naughton, Helen Siu, G. William Skinner, Wang Gungwu, Edgar Wickberg, Rosanna Yick-ming Wong, and Wong Siu-lun.


Introduction 1

1 Hong Kong and the Rise of Capitalism in Asia 14

2 Localism and the Organization of Overseas Migration in the Nineteenth Century 35

3 Chinese Cities: The Difference a Century Makes 56

4 Between China and the World: Hong Kong's Economy Before and After 1997 80

5 Hong Kong: Cultural Kaleidoscope on a World Landscape 100

6 Chineseness: The Dilemmas of Place and Practice 118

7 Deciding to Stay, Deciding to Move, Deciding Not to Decide 135

8 Hong Kong Immigration and the Question of Democracy: Contemporary Struggles over Urban Politics in Vancouver, B.C. 152

9 From Colonial Rule to One Country, Two Systems 167

List of Contributors 180

Index 182

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