Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97

By Mark Hampton

Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1672-7
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: June 2017
  • BIC Category: History & Archaeology, Colonialism & imperialism, HISTORY / Asia / China, Humanities / Social & cultural history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


This book examines the British cultural engagement with Hong Kong in the second half of the twentieth century. It shows how the territory fit unusually within Britain's decolonisation narratives and served as an occasional foil for examining Britain's own culture during a period of perceived stagnation and decline. Drawing on a wide range of archival and published primary sources, Hong Kong and British culture, 1945-97 investigates such themes as Hong Kong as a site of unrestrained capitalism, modernisation, and good government, as well as an arena of male social and sexual opportunity. It also examines the ways in which Hong Kong Chinese embraced British culture, and the competing predictions that British observers made concerning the colony's return to Chinese sovereignty. An epilogue considers the enduring legacy of British colonialism.


'A richly detailed study of Britain's cultural engagement with one of its most successful if under-studied colonies, Hampton does a wonderful job of showing us how Britain imagined Hong Kong and its people, how Britons actually lived in the colony and how locals regarded the British presence in an era of decolonisation. Hampton plumbs a wide array of materials to furnish us with this invigorating and original, as well as immensely readable, study.'
Philippa Levine, the University of Texas

'.a well-written and original study that deserves to be widely read.'
Tanja Bueltmann, Northumbria University, The American Historical Review, Vol 122, Issue 1


Mark Hampton is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Cinema Studies at Lingnan University


1. Hong Kong and British culture: postwar contexts
2. The discourse of unbridled capitalism in post-war Hong Kong
3. A man's playground
4. The discourses of order and modernisation
5. Good governance
6. Chinese Britishness
7. Narratives of 1997
Epilogue: Colonial hangovers

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