Literature minus the local: Assessing the viability of a taught postgraduate program in literary studies in contemporary Hong Kong

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Abstract

Hong Kong has always been a site of internal migration within China, a fact that 150 years of colonialism has at once complicated and confirmed (Siu 2009). In recent years, given the Hong Kong government’s wish to liberalize access to the territory for labor coming from the People’s Republic of China, skilled and unskilled, the pace and scope of bilateral flows in human migration between Hong Kong and Guangdong province has quickened. The impact of these changes has required Hong Kong to recalibrate its own market balance of trade, as its shared investment in Guangdong businesses (and elsewhere in China) has grown. Commerce aside, Hong Kong has also had to make proactive adjustments, some visionary and others defensive, in response to its own shifting language and culture landscape as the first generation of Putonghua (Mandarin) speaking professionals arrives and, in many cases, settles in.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of English in Asia: Perspectives on language and literature
EditorsMichael O'Sullivan, David Huddart, Carmen Lee
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter10
Pages140-158
Number of pages19
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315752501
ISBN (Print)9780367133818, 9781138805071
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in World Englishes
PublisherRoutledge

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