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Hong Kong

Becoming a Chinese Global City, 1st Edition

By Stephen Chiu, Tai-Lok Lui


200 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Hong Kong is a small city with a big reputation. As mainland China has become an 'economic powerhouse' Hong Kong has taken a route of development of its own, flourishing as an entrepot and a centre of commerce and finance for Chinese business, then as an industrial city and subsequently a regional and international financial centre.

This volume examines the developmental history of Hong Kong, focusing on its rise to the status of a Chinese global city in the world economy. Chiu and Lui's analysis is distinct in its perspective of the development as an integrated process involving economic, political and social dimensions, and as such this insightful and original book will be a core text on Hong Kong society for students.


"This concise, articulate volume examines the economic sociology of this global city, analyzing recent changes in Hong Kong and responding to Euro-American examples that dominate global city debates…as a serious, accessible overview witha rich bibliography of Hong Kong (and wider) scholarship, the book enriches dialogues about this fascinating city and about globalization in general. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." - G. W. McDonogh, CHOICE (June 2010)

"The concise handling of data and facts enable Chiu and Lui to swiftly articulate their case for Hong Kong and hence make their book a ‘must read’." - Yannan Ding, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium; Local Economy 26(5)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Global Connections: Centre of Chinese Capitalism 2. An Industrial Colony 3. The Building of An International Financial Centre 4. A Divided City 5. Decolonization, Political Restructuring, and Post-Colonial Governance Crisis 6. The Return of the Regional and the National 7. A Chinese Global City?

About the Authors

Stephen Chiu is Professor of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Tai-Lok Lui is Professor of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

About the Series

Asia's Transformations/Asia's Great Cities

Each volume aims to capture the heartbeat of the contemporary city from multiple perspectives emblematic of the authors own deep familiarity with the distinctive faces of the city, its history, society, culture, politics and economics, and its evolving position in national, regional and global frameworks. While most volumes emphasise urban developments since the Second World War, some pay close attention to the legacy of the longue durée in shaping the contemporary. Thematic and comparative volumes address such themes as urbanization, economic and financial linkages, architecture and space, wealth and power, gendered relationships, planning and anarchy, and ethnographics in national and regional perspective.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies