Leveraging Mega-Events to Embrace Chinese National Identity: The Politics of Hong Kong’s Participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Shanghai 2010 World Expo

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Abstract

Although they were eager to engage in a prospective Chinese nation, the people of Hong Kong reluctantly supported the communist regime to lead the national unification during the colonial era. To turn the table, the Chinese authorities, after the sovereignty transfer in 1997, successively assigned the city to host the 2008 Summer Olympics equestrian competitions and invited its professionals to take part in the organisation of the 2010 World Expo. This chapter, through reviewing the two cases, confirms the success of this strategic measure. It also investigates the reasons for the decline of the Hong Kong public’s allegiance to Beijing and the rise of the local youngsters’ unwillingness to identify themselves as Chinese after the celebrations of the two mega-events were over.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese National Identity in the Age of Globalisation
EditorsZhouxiang LU
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter13
Pages309-332
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789811545382
ISBN (Print)9789811545375
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

My gratitude is extended to (1) Prof. Lu Zhouxiang for initiating and editing this volume as well as organising the conference entitled ‘Chinese National Identity in the Era of Globalisation’ at Maynooth University in October 2019, and (2) the two anonymous reviewers’ comments on an earlier draft of this article. I also thank Lingnan University for offering the direct grant (No. DR19B6) which supports the research of this article.

Keywords

  • China
  • Hong kong
  • National identity
  • The beijing 2008 olympics
  • The shanghai 2010 world expo

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