Disengagement and Urbanism: The Case of Gangpiaoquan and "Hong Kong Drifter" (gangpiao)

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Abstract

Chinese migrations and the development of overseas Chinese communities have aroused scholarly concerns over the past two decades. Its scale, scope and varied features stun and perplex many scholars. One of the issues is about the seemingly contradictory tendencies of the migrants’ political and cultural identities in an increasingly transnational age. While they grow up in a world of online media that binds them strongly with peers in China virtually and even consolidates their identification with Chinese political nation, they continuously pursue their transnational dream and cosmopolitan identity. Their local sense of place, if any, is seen as ephemeral and incidental. My article, with the case study of educated mainland youth in Hong Kong, attempts to interrogate this ephemerality by proposing the idea of "translocality". I argue that the making of translocality is crucial to understanding the cultural logic of migration in contemporary China. The exodus of educated youth is one of the examples.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2018
EventThe 12th Association for Cultural Studies "Crossroads in Cultural Studies" conference - China, Shanghai, China
Duration: 12 Aug 201815 Aug 2018
http://www.cul-studies.com/ACScrossroads2018/ACScrossroads2018/index.htm

Conference

ConferenceThe 12th Association for Cultural Studies "Crossroads in Cultural Studies" conference
Abbreviated titleCorssroads 2018
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period12/08/1815/08/18
OtherAssociation for Cultural Studies (ACS) in conjunction with Shanghai University
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    IP, I. C. (2018). Disengagement and Urbanism: The Case of Gangpiaoquan and "Hong Kong Drifter" (gangpiao). Paper presented at The 12th Association for Cultural Studies "Crossroads in Cultural Studies" conference, Shanghai, China.