“My community doesn’t belong to me anymore!” : Tourism-driven spatial change and radicalized identity politics in Hong Kong

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving in the Margins in Mainland China, Hong Kong and India
EditorsWing Chung Ho, Florence Padovani
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter5
Pages101-125
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003037873
ISBN (Print)9780367480783
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameMargins of Development

Abstract

Chapter 5 empirically examines the changes in the street views of three border communities in Hong Kong in response to tourism-driven spatial changes. The late 2000s in Hong Kong witnessed the emergence of public grievances against mass mainland Chinese tourism and parallel trading. The consequential changes induced to local community landscapes and residents’ original lifestyles have brought about a series of unprecedented protests against mainlanders since 2012. Agitated by the fruitless political struggle of Occupy Central in late 2014 that demanded Beijing to give Hong Kong democracy, these “local first” and “my community first” protests have seemingly prompted more locals to self-identify as “Hongkongers” rather than as “Chinese”. This chapter aims to examine the tourism-driven changes at the community level and their relation with the emergence of radicalized identity politics in wider society. Empirically examined are the changing street views in three border communities between 2011 and 2017 (by the novel method of “Google mapping”) and the meanings that 26 young residents (aged 18–34) gave to these changes. Results indicate that the more the local space is shaped by tourism and parallel trading, the more likely that discontent against mainlanders and nostalgia for their original lifestyle were bred among the residents.

Citation Format(s)

“My community doesn’t belong to me anymore!” : Tourism-driven spatial change and radicalized identity politics in Hong Kong. / Chan, Siu Kin Alex; Ho, Wing Chung.

Living in the Margins in Mainland China, Hong Kong and India. ed. / Wing Chung Ho; Florence Padovani. 1st. ed. London : Routledge, 2020. p. 101-125 (Margins of Development).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review