Icons, culture and collective identity of postwar Hong Kong

Ricardo K S Mak, Catherine S. Chan

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Icons, which take the form of images, artifacts, landmarks, or fictional figures, represent mounds of meaning stuck in the collective unconsciousness of different communities. Icons are shortcuts to values, identity or feelings that their users collectively share and treasure. Through the concrete identification and analysis of icons of post-war Hong Kong, this paper attempts to highlight not only Hong Kong people’s changing collective needs and mental or material hunger, but also their continuous search for identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-173
Number of pages16
JournalIntercultural Communication Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

User-Defined Keywords

  • Icons
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Chinese
  • 1997
  • values
  • identity
  • lifestyle
  • business
  • popular culture
  • fusion
  • hybridity
  • colonialism
  • economic takeoff
  • consumerism
  • show busines


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