Book Launch

Hong Kong's New Identity Politics

*In light of the recent pandemic development, the talk has been changed to  a virtual format. All registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link on 18 Dec, one day before the talk.  

In the book Hong Kong's New Identity Politics: Longing for the Local in the Shadow of China(Routledge Contemporary China Series, 2019), Ip Iam-Chong uses Hong Kong as a case study to examine how the production of desires for "the local" lies at the heart of global cultural economy. Perhaps more so than many other places, and now more than any other time, the making of a local identity has for Hong Kong evolved through the interplay of neoliberalism, postcoloniality and complex reactions to lived anxieties and uncertainties. As the city’s role as an international economic hub has diminished and its relationship with Mainland China intensified, the local people have been looking for ways to define a "Hong Kong" identity vis-à-vis threats from outside. Ip analyses the working and reworking of power relations and modes of agency in this global city.

Join us for the book launch of Dr. Ip’s fascinating work at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, presented by the Centre for Cultural Research and Development, and Master of Cultural Studies of Lingnan University in conjunction with Hong Kong Arts Centre. After a short presentation, the author will be joined by scholars from the disciplines of Cultural Studies and Hong Kong Studies in some focused discussions. A Q&A session will follow.

Presentation by author:
Ip Iam-Chong

Chan Chor See
Ho Sik-Ying, Petula
Ashish Rajadhyaksha
Tsang Chung-Kin
Kelvin Wu Ka Wai

Stephen C. K. Chan

Centre for Cultural Research and Development, Lingnan University
Master of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
Hong Kong Arts Centre

Ip Iam-chong
has been teaching in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong since 2002. His research interests include political activism, cyber nationalism, new media, and youth cultures.

Stephen C. K. Chan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Director of the Master of Cutural Studies programme at Lingnan University. He teaches and researches on Cultural Studies, Narrating Hong Kong, Critical Writing Workshop, Social Drama & Everyday Life, and the pedagogy of popular culture at the Department of Cultural Studies.

Chan Chor See is an MPhil candidate in Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She graduated from the the University of Hong Kong as a Bacehlor of Arts, majoring in Comparative Literature. With a background in community activism, her current research focuses on community building and alternative lifestyle.

Ho Sik-Ying, Petula 
is Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong. Her recent works include Women doing intimacy: Gender, family and modernity in Britain and Hong Kong (2020, co-authored). Her research projects study how documentary films and multi-media theatre integrate arts and scholarship.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is a film historian, cultural theorist and occasional art curator. He is the author of several books on the cinema, and on the digital public domain, including Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009) and The Last Cultural Mile: An Inquiry into Technology and Governance in India (2011).  

Tsang Chung-kin attained PhD in Communication Studies from UNC at Chapel Hill. His research interests include cultural studies, urban sociology, housing studies, economic culture and discourses, and popular culture in East Asian context.

Kelvin Wu Ka Wai recently graduated from the department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University. He has been participating in the housing and anti-eviction movement since 2011 in Hong Kong and is a member of the video activist group ‘v-artivist’.

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* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 situation, the event arrangement is subject to change. Please stay tuned for the latest announcement on CCRD’s Facebook page and website.

Sat,  19 Dec 2020


McAulay Studio,
Hong Kong Arts Centre
(with live streaming via Zoom)