Cosmopolitan Capitalists

Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora at the End of the Twentieth Century

Edited by Gary G. Hamilton

  • Published: August 2015
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies / China; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 192 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: Donald R. Ellegood International Publications
  • Contents

At midnight on June 30, 1997, Hong Kong became part of the People's Republic of China. The transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from Great Britain to China was an extraordinary historical event, signifying the end of the West's colonial presence in Asia and the rise of China's hegemony.

In 150 years as a British colony, Hong Kong changed from a barely inhabitable colonial entrep™t to one of the world's leading financial and industrial centers. Faced with a new social and economic order under Chinese law, many Hong Kongers moved to a new country; others decided to stay; but many chose to maintain their lives and livelihoods in Hong Kong, while spreading their assets and their family members around the world. They bought apartments in London and condos in Vancouver, invested in firms in Guangzhou and Thailand, and sent their children to schools in Europe and Australia. These new up-market migrants have transformed a cosmopolitan outlook into a global presence.

Cosmopolitan Capitalists focuses on the people of Hong Kong and how they are defining themselves under altered
circumstances. It is a broad multi-disciplinary view of Hong Kong's transformation, written for a general audience by some of the world's foremost scholars on the region.
1) Hong Kong and the Rise of Capitalism in Asia
2) Localism and the Organization of Overseas Migration in the 19th century
3) Chinese Cities, the difference a century makes
4) Between China and the World, Hong Kong's Economy Before and after '97
5) Hong Kong, Cultural Kaleidoscope on a World Landscape
6) Chineseness, the Dilemmas of Place and Practice
7) Deciding to stay, deciding to move, deciding not to decide
8) Hong Kong Immigration and the Question of Demacracy, contemporary Struggles over Urban Politics in Vancouver, B.C.
9) From Colonial Rule to One Country, Two Systems
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