From the “New Territories people” to “indigenous inhabitants”: Identity construction of the rural population in colonial Hong Kong

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Abstract

This research article revisits how the Heung Yee Kuk rejected but then embraced the colonial construction of “indigenous inhabitants” in relation to their self-identification. The discussion elucidates how the colonial government negated the Heung Yee Kuk’s attempt to stand itself as an organisation that represented all the people living in the New Territories while recognising the Kuk as an indigenous organisation only. Determining the dissents from the Kuk are also covered. This article demonstrates how the Heung Yee Kuk counter-employed their status as an indigenous organisation to advance their political participation and thereby secure their continuity in the post-colonial era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-72
Number of pages34
JournalHong Kong journal of Social Sciences
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Colony
  • Heung Yee Kuk
  • Hong Kong
  • Indigenous inhabitants
  • New Territories

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