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Hong Kong at a crossroad: Exploring its changing relationship with China and the West through foreign real estate investment, education and consumption practice
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It has been eighteen years since Hong Kong's sovereignty was transferred from Britain to back to mainland China. Although Hong Kong was promised that its autonomy and way of life would remain unchanged for fifty years until 2047, the ongoing political uncertainty and the influx of the underprivileged as well as super-rich mainland Chinese have impacted Hongkongers' everyday life. Some Hongkongers have welcomed the wealth and opportunities that the mainland Chinese bring to the Special Administrative Region, whilst others have been less approving of their lack of respect for Hong Kong's culture and society. Moreover, the recent Umbrella Movement that took place in September 2014 has further challenged the identity of Hong Kong citizens in which they are even more concerned, confused and consternated about their future.

This working paper examines the ways that Hongkongers deal with internal and external uncertainties through the way they invest in foreign real estates, decide on their children's education and everyday consumption practices.

This research draws on my previous doctoral work on the geographies of consumption in Hong Kong and my current postdoctoral research on the way that Hong Kong investors purchase residential properties in the UK and other parts of the world. This paper provides a snapshot of 2015's Hong Kong and how Hongkongers confront the conflicting relationship between the consumption of western values and their traditional Chinese identity.

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Keyword [en]
Hong Kong, China, one country two systems, real estate investment, education, consumption practice, identity
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Human Geography Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280519DiVA: diva2:911040
China in the World and the World in China, Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) 12th biennial conference, Uppsala University, June 2015.
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-03-19

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