Negotiating housing precarity : displacement and homing of migrant-tenants under urban redevelopment in Hong Kong

  • Ka Wai WU

Student thesis: MPhil Thesis (Lingnan)


Urban displacement, one of the key issues of socio-spatial injustices, is often portrayed as a process of class restructuring and eliminating sense of place. Problematising the conventional understanding of local space as a static entity, this research foregrounds the experience of displacement of migrant-tenants living in the area of To Kwa Wan, a district in Hong Kong which still serves as the lowest rental market in the city as it is gradually subsumed into intensified private and government-initiated urban redevelopment in the last decade.

Drawing on the literature on displacement, mobility studies and critical home studies, this research explores how the tenants experience and negotiate housing uncertainty and unpredictability produced by rapid urban redevelopment, neoliberal housing policies and variegated citizenship regime through looking at their housing trajectories and home(un)making practices.

This research suggests that “eviction” is not an accurate term for accounting for the fact that they are often ready to go in way or another. Their “readiness” has something to do with their precarious conditions and their longing for upward mobility in Hong Kong’s housing ladder. The research brings to fore an alternative understanding of home in urban displacement and to shed a new light on urban redevelopment in Hong Kong.
Date of Award4 Jan 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Lingnan University
SupervisorIam Chong IP (Supervisor)

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