The more I shop at Yaohan, the more I become a Heung Gong Yahn (Hongkongese): Japan and the formation of a Hong Kong identity

Heung-wah WONG, Hoi Yan YAU

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Abstract

The methodological implication is that we can study the emerging identity of Hong Kong people through examining the reasons for the popularity of Yaohan in Hong Kong. We argue that Yaohan was able to garner tremendous interest amongst people in Hong Kong because the cultural significance attached to it concurred with the cultural logic of an emerging middle class identity. That cultural logic largely developed in the rapidly changing environments of the 1970s and is based on an identification with something that is neither eastern/traditional/conservative, nor western/modern/liberal. The 'in-between' image of Yaohan spoke to the same logic, which helps to explain its immense popularity in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssembling Japan
Subtitle of host publicationModernity, Technology and Global Culture
PublisherPeter Lang International Academic Publishers
Pages161-182
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783035307672
ISBN (Print)9783034318303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2015

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    WONG, H., & YAU, H. Y. (2015). The more I shop at Yaohan, the more I become a Heung Gong Yahn (Hongkongese): Japan and the formation of a Hong Kong identity. In Assembling Japan: Modernity, Technology and Global Culture (pp. 161-182). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0353-0767-2