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Introducing M+ as capital for a Hong Kong specific cultural identity
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]

In the last decade the Hong Kong government has shown an interest in promoting large scale cultural development projects including Art Basel Hong Kong, the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) as well as M+ The Museum of Arts and Visual Culture, all presenting Hong Kong as a cultural hub. The development of those projects can be seen as a way for the city to diversify its economy through creative industries (CI) and urban entrepreneurship (Raco and Gilliam, 2012), making the place more appealing for international workers and global tourism. However, ongoing grassroots political movements such as the 2014 Umbrella Movement suggest that the Beijing government is keen to intervene with Hong Kong's affairs. As a result, its cultural identity is being challenged. In this paper we argue that the study of the yet conceptual M+ museum contribute with accruing capital of cultural identity when compared to likewise huge museum projects in mainland China. We will further argue that the Hong Kong museum will represent an original that other museums in the world may wish to copy.

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Hong Kong, mainland China, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, WKCD, spaces, museum, conceptual, original, cultural identity
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Arts Sociology Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280579DiVA: diva2:911222
The Fourth European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy, Florence, Italy, October, 2015.
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2016-03-19

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