2003 Research Report

The Reeducation of Hong Kong: Identity, Politics, and Education in Postcolonial Hong Kong

12 December 2003

Hong Kong’s post-1997 administration characterises the city as “Asia’s World City, and a Major City in China,” but this formulation underplays or ignores what it is that gives Hong Kong its distinctive identity. Nor is this an accidental oversight: the new regime is engaged in a long-term campaign to resocialise Hongkongers as uncritical patriots who identify first and foremost not with Hong Kong, but with the Chinese “motherland.”
This paper analyses the political-cultural identity of Hong Kong and poses a question: “What effect will the promotion of orthodoxy through the educational system have on the political and cultural identity of future generations of Hong Kongers?”