Found in Transition

Hong Kong Studies in the Age of China

By Yiu-Wai Chu

Subjects: Government And Politics Of China, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Chinese Studies, Film Studies, Postcolonial Studies
Series: SUNY series in Global Modernity
Hardcover : 9781438471693, 308 pages, November 2018
Paperback : 9781438471686, 308 pages, July 2019

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Introduction: Are We Dead Yet?

1. My City? My Home? Hong Kong Is Not Hong Kong Any More

2. Between and beyond Postcolonialities: Hong Kong’s Postcolonial Self-writing Reconsidered

3. Who Speaks for the Lion Rock? Cantonese and the Languaging of Hong Kong Identities

4. Strategic Erasure and Milkyway Image: (Beyond) Mainland−Hong Kong Co-productions

5. Cantopop as Sonic Memories: Overtones and Undertones in New Hong Kong Cinema

Conclusion: This Is Just the Beginning . . .

Glossary of Selected Chinese Names, Titles, and Terms
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Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.


In Found in Transition, Yiu-Wai Chu examines the fate of Hong Kong's unique cultural identity in the contexts of both global capitalism and the increasing influence of China. Drawing on recent developments, especially with respect to language, movies, and popular songs as modes of resistance to "Mainlandization" and different forms of censorship, Chu explores the challenges facing Hong Kong twenty years after its reversion to China as a Special Administrative Region. Highlighting locality and hybridity along postcolonial lines of interpretation, he also attempts to imagine the future of Hong Kong by utilizing Hong Kong studies as a method. Chu argues that the study of Hong Kong—the place where the impact of the rise of China is most intensely felt—can shed light on emergent crises in different areas of the world. As such, this book represents a consequential follow-up to the author's Lost in Transition and a valuable contribution to international, area, and cultural studies.

Yiu-Wai Chu is Professor and Director of the Hong Kong Studies Program at the University of Hong Kong. His books include Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China, also published by SUNY Press.


"This is a wide-ranging and worthy sequel to Chu's Lost in Transition. By juxtaposing a series of critical issues—urban development, self-writing, language education, and cultural production, among others—that have confounded those who care deeply about this former British colony, Chu offers his readers an intelligent and sensitive guide to connect and make sense of the various debates, and he places the conundrums Hong Kong faces in the contexts of both the limits of neoliberal capitalism and the 'Age of China. '" — Leo K. Shin, author of The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands