Development of the Hong Kong Identity Scale: Differentiation between Hong Kong ‘Locals’ and Mainland Chinese in Cultural and Civic Domains

Siu lun Chow, King wa Fu*, Yu Leung NG

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Abstract

This study deployed a systematic method to develop and validate a measurement for the identity of Hong Kong people, reflecting the emerging localistic attitude in the city. Drawing on a two-dimensional identity model, a combination of cultural and civic domains, an operationalization for Hong Kong identity was derived to differentiate between ‘HongKongese’ and others with stronger Mainland-Chinese-oriented identity. Cultural attribute, such as language and choice of technology products, is found to be of paramount importance in identity confirmation. Anti-authoritarianism and proactive political participation are the two major discriminatory features in the civic domain. Social distance from Mainland Chinese is positively associated with these key components of the scale, supporting the scale’s construct validity and confirming the nativist tendency of certain groups of Hong Kong localists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-584
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Volume29
Issue number124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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