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December 2, 2020 at 9:04 pm #147946Amy DohertyGuest
The Anthropology of a Chinese Metropolis
by Grant Evans
- Language: english
- ISBN: 9780824820053 (0824820053)
- Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
- Format: hardcover, 335 pages
- Release date: July 1, 1997
- Author: Grant Evans
About The Book
Hong Kong has become a by-word for all that is modern and sparkling in Asia today.Yet tourist brochures still play with the old cliche of Hong Kong as a place where ‘East meets West’. Images of so-called ‘traditional’ China, junks sailing Victoria Harbour or old women praying to gods in smoky temples, mingle with those portraying Hong Kong as a consumer and business paradise.This collection of essays attempts to transcend the old polarities. It looks at modern Hong Kong in all its splendour and diversity in the run-up to its re-absorption into Greater China through the mediums of film, food, architecture, rumors and slang.It explores the question of a distinct, modern Chinese identity in Hong Kong, and even when it explores the traditional stamping ground of the older anthropology in the New Territories it finds a dramatically changed context, in particular for women.This collection presents an intriguing insight into the process of transition from ‘tradition’ to ‘modernity’ in this Modern Chinese Metropolis.
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