Constructing a decolonized world city for consumption : Discourses on Hong Kong disneyland and their implications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-592
Journal / PublicationSocial Semiotics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


The paper argues that, under the globalized economy, state power is far from diminishing. I study how the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government officials in 1999 developed "competition-development" discourse and "disappearing-world-city" discourse to persuade the public to approve the unequal and non-transparent Hong Kong-Disney deal for setting up the Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL). I also examine how newspaper reports have circulated and have reinforced these two pairs of political discourses in wider popular discourse. I further reveal, in the post-colonial context of Hong Kong, how the HKDL project functions to accomplish decolonization tasks and to reshape Hong Kong as a consumption-based tourist spot instead of a citizen-based participatory community. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

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  • City politics, Cultural studies, Discourse, Globalization, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland, Urban development