Portrayals of pro-Beijing Workers' Night Schools in Hong Kong from 1946 to post-1997

Chui Shan Lau*

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This study focuses on the transformation of pro-Beijing labour education in the socio-political context of Hong Kong. It explores the reasons that Hong Kong pro-Beijing educators initiated Workers' Night Schools for adults; the organisation of schools in many locales and the transformation of labour education that workers received in these educational settings. The history of the development of this organization is deeply intertwined with the politics of education and the social transformation of that period. That development provides an understanding of how the pro-Beijing educators constructed an alternative culture that opposed the colonial government and was later transformed to serve as a pro-hegemonic force in the post-1997 era. In addition, rapid and widespread changes were taking place throughout Hongkongese life. Labour education was once viewed as a radical project to enhance working-class's anti-hegemonic consciousness, socialist practices and political activism in the colonial Hong Kong. The introduction of international standards, global benchmarks for career and technical education and the transfer of sovereignty have created a new situation forcing these pro-Beijing educators to respond quickly. This article aims to see how the pro-Beijing educators related to international standard for vocational training and how the schools transforms itself to fit into the industrialized, market-oriented and globalized society of HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Research for Policy and Practice
Issue number3
Early online date6 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Pro-Beijing labour education in capitalist society
  • History of education
  • The politics of education


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