By Caroline Knowles
In 1997 the uk again regulate of Hong Kong to China, finishing the city’s prestige as one of many final remnants of the British Empire and beginning a brand new part for it as either a contemporary urban and a hub for worldwide migrations. Hong Kong is a travel of the city’s postcolonial city panorama, innovatively instructed via fieldwork and images. Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper’s element of access into Hong Kong is the weird place of the British expatriates who selected to stay within the urban after the transition. Now a comparatively insignificant presence, British migrants in Hong Kong became in detail hooked up with one other small minority team there: immigrants from Southeast Asia. The lives, trips, and tales of those teams deliver to existence a spot the place the prior keeps to resonate for all its citizens, whilst town hurtles ahead right into a destiny marked by way of transience and transition. through skillfully mixing ethnographic and visible ways, Hong Kong deals a desirable consultant to a urban that's instantaneously certain in its fresh heritage and exemplary of our globalized current.
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They don’t hold doors . . it’s just their culture, really . . I can’t honestly say we’ve got lots of local friends. . they tend to use the club in a diﬀerent way. You don’t see them sitting by the pool [but at family dinners]. . they play tennis a lot and they’ve got lawn bowling and you do see some of them swimming. . this place has really changed a lot . . I’ve never experienced [witnessed] any racial prejudice or anything. Along with work the club is important in their exposure to Chinese people.
I’m proud of my [he does not complete this thought], I’m still in the Welsh choir and I’ve ﬂown a Union Jack oﬀ this balcony. When Princess Diana died that day, ﬂew that Union Jack. And of course it was long after the handover . . Thousands of people came to see it on this estate, and were so proud it was up again . . they came in the morning and said, “How long are you leaving it up, Mr. ” I said, “No, let them come here and take it down . . I’m going to take it down—not when government tell me—I’m going to take it down as we do in Great Britain when it’s sundown .
I think being like a Westerner [in Hong Kong]; you stand out, people don’t dare approach us, they sort of stick to their side . . I think that’s what I love about it. It’s so easy. And safe. Her comfort is a comfort of separation. On the streets, at school, in clubs, her circumstances are the same. She wears her minority status on her body like a large badge. She is used to standing out and prefers it. Jess’s social network is primarily generated through school. Through school making new lives 49 50 she experiences her version of her parents’ experience of staying on.
Hong Kong: Migrant Lives, Landscapes, and Journeys (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries) by Caroline Knowles