The Post-1997 Northbound Movement of Hong Kong Writers

Project: Research

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Over the past decade, a “northbound movement” has gained momentum in the realm of Hong Kong literature. This movement involves more and more Hong Kong writers who publish their works in Mainland and/or move to reside there. Prime examples are Liang Wendao, Chen Guanzhong and Liao Weitang, whose popularity in Mainland is on the rise. This project offers a thorough and critical study on this novel cultural phenomenon by investigating its contributing factors, and exploring the reorientation of Hong Kong writers as they head north. In terms of methodology, it relies on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, including a survey, focus group discussions, interviews as well as textual analysis. Academically, the project aims to contribute to scholarly discussions of the relationship between Hong Kong literature and Chinese literature. Practically, its results will offer insights for Hong Kong cultural policies.


Project number7008172
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/05/1229/04/14