Work, identity and change? Post/colonial encounters in Hong Kong

Leonard, Pauline (2009) Work, identity and change? Post/colonial encounters in Hong Kong. [in special issue: Examining Expatriate Continuities: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile Professionals] Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36, (6), 1247-1263. (doi:10.1080/13691831003687691).


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This paper explores the shifting, multiple modalities of Britishness, colonialism and whiteness in a changing social landscape. Set in postcolonial Hong Kong, it draws on research with white British expatriates to explore the ways in which identities and relations are changing since the handover from British to Chinese rule. For many British expatriates, the decision to migrate was a career and lifestyle choice, motivated by a desire to progress within their lives. However, once there, Hong Kong offers a new racial context in which identities are to be performed, meaning that the negotiation of new lives is not a simple or abstract transnational transposition. In addition, the dynamic social and political context of Hong Kong is mediated through expatriate contexts in diverse and complex ways. Colonialism can be seen to persist in many of these contexts, suggesting that postcolonial ways of being a British expatriate in Hong Kong are still very much in process.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13691831003687691
ISSNs: 1369-183X (print)
1469-9451 (electronic)
Keywords: ong kong, postcolonial, expatriate, britishness, whiteness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 71187
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
28 June 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:02

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