'Getting the job done’ : the uses of cultural studies in Hong Kong secondary schools

Po-keung HUI

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"l'll get the job done" was the (pseudo-)electoral campaign slogan employed by Chief Executive Donald Tsang in 2007 Hong Kong. Getting the job done could mean handing in "assignments" on time, regardless of the quality and relevance of the product. It could also mean effectively accomplishing the objectives of particular projects. This paper argues that the former meaning of "getting the job done" has defined the parameters of Hong Kong schoolteachers' understanding of "practicality" or "usefulness", whereas the latter has yet to be cultivated in the Hong Kong educational context. As a result, tremendous energy of teachers and students has been wasted in the schooling process. This paper, drawing on the author's ongoing cultural research and development projects on a new secondary school subject - Liberal Studies - in Hong Kong since 2003, will discuss how the first notion of "practicality" and "usefulness" may be transformed into the second by way of applying cultural studies in a specific social context - the recent education reform in post-1997 Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2010
Event8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference - Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 17 Jun 201021 Jun 2010
http://cultstud.org/xr2010/crossroad/index.html (Event link)


Conference8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
OtherThe 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference will be held in Hong Kong during June 17 – 21, 2010. Hosted by Lingnan University and organized by its Department of Cultural Studies and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, this is the first Crossroads Conference to be held in East Asia.

Started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland, the Crossroads Conferences were to fill what was felt to be a gap in the international cultural studies community. Since then it had become one of the most important international conferences in cultural studies where scholars from all five continents get together to exchange their scholarly insights as well as to get in touch with different cultures. Organized by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), Crossroads conference is now held every two years in different parts of the world: Birmingham in UK, Illinois in US, Istanbul in Turkey and Kingston in Jamaica.
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