Parochial Lives and Apolitical Formulation of Hong Kong Forum Stories

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Hong Kong Internet is still free from the mission of unifying public consciousness within a politically acceptable standard and towards a socialist goal. Its development does not follow the mainland propaganda, but populist diversity instead. This presentation focuses on the postmodern and subcultural features of Hong Kong Internetization represented in the stories of the Storytelling Channels of two representative Hong Kong Forums: the Golden Forum and the LIHKG Forum. The anonymous Forum members mostly create apolitical and ahistorical narratives for vulgar consumption. Their vernacular writings, framed by the forum structure and the readers’ preference, show not only the loss of historicity and the blank juxtaposition of multiple voices and paradoxes, but also the trend of pornographic exhibition of personal desires and affections. Without the support of prior scholarship on Hong Kong Internet writing, this presentation aims to characterize and conceptualize the stories in the two Forums, notwithstanding whether they should be classified as “literature.” It holds a main argument that Hong Kong forum stories represent the quotidian self-awareness in a postmodern virtual community that seeks for public recognition through vernacular, subcultural and consensual narration, of which erotic expression is the most dominant.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event‘Intimacy, Mobility, and Family Change in Contemporary East Asia and Beyond’ International Workshop - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 23 Jul 201924 Jul 2019


Workshop‘Intimacy, Mobility, and Family Change in Contemporary East Asia and Beyond’ International Workshop
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