Identity and place: The testament of designated heritage in Hong Kong

Elizabeth Kenworthy Teather, Chun Shing Chow

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This paper examines the extent to which the identity of Hong Kong as a place, and of the Hong Kong Chinese as people, is expressed by the official heritage locations (the seventy-five Declared Monuments) designated by Hong Kong's Antiquities and Monuments Office. The discussion takes account of other heritage initiatives, in particular two recent monuments that commemorate the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong to China. Conclusions are that designated heritage in Hong Kong, more by chance than by deliberate strategy, reflects significant elements of the identities of the Hong Kong people and of Hong Kong as a place. However, more important to the Hong Kong Chinese person's sense of identity than built heritage are the bonds of kin and associated social events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-115
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Conservation
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Museology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Antiquities
  • Built Heritage
  • Colonial Heritage
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Identity
  • Monuments
  • Storehouses Of Memory


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