Undoing China’s Charm Offensive: Chinese Tourists in Hong Kong’s News Discourses (2003–2015)
Scholarly dialogue of post-handover Hong Kong has been addressing China’s rising hegemonic force over this former Crown colony. However, there is a seething defiance to China and Chinese identity in Hong Kong when it reaches the second decade after the handover. Such unexpected cultural uneasiness compels academic interest in examining why China’s cooptation of Hong Kong has resulted in confrontational public sentiment. Based on content and textual analysis of news representation of Mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong from 2003 to 2015, I documented how Hong Kong gradually perceived the Individual Visit Scheme (IVS), a policy which permits Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong on an individual basis, as a social threat rather than market opportunity. I also contemplate on public discourses surrounding China-Hong Kong integration which conceive varying cultural positions of China.
The work described in this chapter was fully supported by a grant from the Faculty Development Scheme sponsored by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Project No. UGC/FDS14/H02/14).
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