Examines contemporary cultural production in Hong Kong and its links to representations of 'Hong Kong identity', and the political forces shaping discourses of identity and the ways in which identity is constituted within representation to dramatise an increasingly uncertain present.
'A work which can be defined in every dimension as being 'hot'. "Staging Hong Kong" is fascinating and exquisitely written. It is brimming with ideas about colonisation, cultural marginality, gender and sexual politics, social differentation, and the dilemmas of being caught in a culturally and historically huge moment like the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. Lilley eclipses many of the wearying contemporary speculations on the conjunctions between the global and the local and offers us an opportunity to reflect on the ongoing problem of the relationship of art to life.' - Mandy Thomas, UTS Review