Ma looks at the ways in which the identity of Hong Kong citizens has changed in the 1990s especially since the handover to China in 1997. This is the first analysis which focuses on the role, in this process, of popular media in general and television in particular. The author specifically analyses at the relationship between television ideologies and cultural identities and explores the role of television in the process of identity formation and maintenance.
Culture, Politics, and Television in Hong Kong is more than just the first book to go deeply into the role of television in the creation of Hong Kong identity. The book goes further, in offering a more general but nevertheless very stimulating theoretical reflection on the way in which television discourse and ideologies interact with society (chapter 8). This is a book that will definitely appeal to anyone with an interest in Hong Kong's social evolution over the past 30 years, and to all mediaspecialists, and no reader will fail to appreciate the rich bibliography that brings the book to an end. - - China Perspectives, 2000