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The Hangover after the HandoverThings, Places and Cultural Icons in Hong Kong$
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Helena Y.W. Wu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621952

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621952.001.0001

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Another Rock, Another Hong Kong Story: Lion Rock from Below and Above

Another Rock, Another Hong Kong Story: Lion Rock from Below and Above

(p.120) Chapter Five Another Rock, Another Hong Kong Story: Lion Rock from Below and Above
The Hangover after the Handover

Helena Y.W. Wu

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 5 brings the book back to the present times. As an actual hill in Hong Kong named after the shape of its ridge, Lion Rock marks its appearance, both physical and textual, in different realities. Meanwhile, Lion Rock still possesses a high degree of cultural currency in today’s Hong Kong. As an emblematic icon since the 1970s, Lion Rock is understood by the local population as a synonym for Hong Kong’s unbeatable spirit, a site of collective memory and a symbol of Hong Kong at large, intersecting cultural representations with real-life scenarios. By tracing the pre-1997 and post-1997 trajectories of Lion Rock, the chapter discusses the experiences of enchantment, disenchantment and re-enchantment in the making of the city’s own myth across generations.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, Civil society, Local subjectivity, Enchantment / disenchantment / re-enchantment, Myth making, Cultural geography, Collective memory, Hong Kong identity, Post-productivism, Cantopop

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