Constructing Colonial Capitalism: The Public Relations Campaigns of Hong Kong Business Groups, 1959–1966
In the early to mid-1960s, two images of markets in Hong Kong circulated globally. The first was created by producer interests in the West seeking protection from what they perceived as unfair competition from exploitative and unethical entrepreneurs based in this British colony: they represented capitalism in Hong Kong as crass and corrupt. The second originated from business groups in Hong Kong seeking to retain their preferential trading rights in world markets: they portrayed a benevolent form of colonialism, a symbiosis between Chinese industrial and British mercantile capital, an exemplar of free markets. This chapter shows how this propaganda war was wasteful and socially divisive.