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Identity in the politics of transition: The case of Hong Kong, 'Asia's world city'

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Hong Kong’s fundamental physical struggle has been with the surrounding sea, to wrest its food from it, to pump sand from it to make land to house its teeming masses, to batten down and shelter against the storms and typhoons, and to travel upon it for the trade which is its lifeblood and fount of its wealth. The primitive level of the technologies of communication and travel in the 17th to 18th centuries, at the time of the rise of the nation-state as a form of political and international order, mitigated against the erection of a powerful centralized government. The Tung government pushed flag flying and national anthem singing in the schools in an attempt to raise levels of patriotism among Hong Kongers. Many complain anecdotally of deterioration in Hong Kong’s perceived international and cosmopolitan nature, despite the administration’s proclaiming it “Asia’s World City”.

Keywords: Asia’s world city; Hong Kong; patriotism



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