A Hong Kong critique of identity : Belonging and becoming in the aberrant post-colony

Stephen Ching-Kiu CHAN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Hong Kong is undergoing a drastic cultural-political transformation in which moments of people’s protests of the ruling regime are rearticulated in the history of the post-colony. As resistance against statist re-inscription takes place on the streets and amid institutional transformations, “Hong Kongers” fight for freedom and stand up in massive movements against identity encroachment by the power bloc. Struggling to belong among a desirable community, they stand by their lived imagination for the collective shaken by disjointed modes of subject formation. This paper probes the complex historical issues of belonging and exclusion in the context of contemporary ideological and ethnic contestations. As the eclectic politics of affect permeates ethnicity amid deep-rooted contradictions, subjectivity takes shape on the fractured landscape of postcolonial nationhood—with Hong Kong becoming Chinese. This aberrant formation displaces a trajectory of the “Hong Kong local” with identity traces ostensibly mapped vis-a-vis the nationalglobal regime under transnational capitalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-197
Number of pages29
Issue number2
Early online date9 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2020


  • Belonging and becoming
  • Hong Kong
  • Identity
  • Politics of affect
  • Postcoloniality
  • Resistance movement


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