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Postgraduate Thesis: The representation of space and cultural memory in Hong Kong independent comics
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TitleThe representation of space and cultural memory in Hong Kong independent comics
 
AuthorsHuen, Yuk-wan.
禤育昀.
 
Issue Date2012
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
AbstractThis paper explores the way Hong Kong independent comics encapsulate the essence of the city. Independent comics are distinguished from mainstream comics by their specific mode of production. More significantly they demonstrate an emphasis on subjective personal creativity and craftsmanship, which stands out sharply in the pervasive objective culture in modern society. Adopting an anthropological approach in representing local ways of living, these comics attempt to map an identity of Hong Kong in a way that is free from confusing influences of her postcolonial history, her political subordination to China and the global capitalist forces. The artists of independent comics embrace the essence of local culture by focusing on space and cultural memory and thereby rediscovering the truth and characteristics of life in Hong Kong. As a form of popular cultural text, Hong Kong independent comics package the local identity and history into fashionable goods for cultural consumption. Together with this, the articulation of a shared past creates forces of cohesion that binds the community together and offers a way for the people to negotiate their identity.
 
DegreeMaster of Arts
 
SubjectComic books, strips, etc. - China - Hong Kong - History and criticism.
Caricatures and cartoons - China - Hong Kong - History and criticism.
 
Dept/ProgramLiterary and Cultural Studies
 
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dc.contributor.authorHuen, Yuk-wan.
 
dc.contributor.author禤育昀.
 
dc.date.hkucongregation2012
 
dc.date.issued2012
 
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the way Hong Kong independent comics encapsulate the essence of the city. Independent comics are distinguished from mainstream comics by their specific mode of production. More significantly they demonstrate an emphasis on subjective personal creativity and craftsmanship, which stands out sharply in the pervasive objective culture in modern society. Adopting an anthropological approach in representing local ways of living, these comics attempt to map an identity of Hong Kong in a way that is free from confusing influences of her postcolonial history, her political subordination to China and the global capitalist forces. The artists of independent comics embrace the essence of local culture by focusing on space and cultural memory and thereby rediscovering the truth and characteristics of life in Hong Kong. As a form of popular cultural text, Hong Kong independent comics package the local identity and history into fashionable goods for cultural consumption. Together with this, the articulation of a shared past creates forces of cohesion that binds the community together and offers a way for the people to negotiate their identity.
 
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dc.description.thesisdisciplineLiterary and Cultural Studies
 
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's
 
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4833460
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)
 
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B48334601
 
dc.subject.lcshComic books, strips, etc. - China - Hong Kong - History and criticism.
 
dc.subject.lcshCaricatures and cartoons - China - Hong Kong - History and criticism.
 
dc.titleThe representation of space and cultural memory in Hong Kong independent comics
 
dc.typePG_Thesis
 
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