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Disarticulation between Civic Values and Nationalism: Mapping Chinese State Nationalism in Post-handover Hong Kong

Chan Chi Kit and Anthony Fung Ying Him
p. 41-50

Abstract

Drawing upon the ethnic-civic dialogue of nationalism, this article shows how Chinese state nationalism disarticulates from the civic values of Hong Kong in the post-handover years. Surveys from 2010 to 2016 in general reveal a dwindling pride in Chinese state nationalism in Hong Kong, and its disarticulation from the treasured values of civic rights and qualities in the city. As seen in this study, Hong Kong Chinese articulation of nationalism in the form of Chinese ethnic icons shrank throughout the study period. The same study also shows that neither civic values nor cultural pride in Hong Kong are conducive to the building of Chinese state nationalism, nor are they a significant impetus to cultural resistance against China’s nation-building project in Hong Kong. The article empirically shows the limitation of nation-building, which relies mainly on ethnic appeal but less on civic dimensions. It also discusses to what extent the ethnic-civic dialogue of nation-building could inform Chinese state nationalism and resistance to it in post-handover Hong Kong.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on September 2019.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Chan Chi Kit and Anthony Fung Ying Him, « Disarticulation between Civic Values and Nationalism: Mapping Chinese State Nationalism in Post-handover Hong Kong », China Perspectives, 2018/3 | 2018, 41-50.

Electronic reference

Chan Chi Kit and Anthony Fung Ying Him, « Disarticulation between Civic Values and Nationalism: Mapping Chinese State Nationalism in Post-handover Hong Kong », China Perspectives [Online], 2018/3 | 2018, Online since 01 September 2019, connection on 23 January 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/8106

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About the authors

Chan Chi Kit

Chan Chi Kit is Assistant Professor at the School of Communication, Hang Seng Management College.School of Communication, Hang Seng Management College, Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (chikitchan@hsmc.edu.hk).

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Anthony Fung Ying Him

Anthony Fung Ying Him is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Beijing Normal University.School of Journalism and Communication Room 206-207, Humanities Building, New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (anthonyfung@cuhk.edu.hk).

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