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Article: Keepers of the sacred flame: Patriotism, politics and the Chinese history subject community in Hong Kong

TitleKeepers of the sacred flame: Patriotism, politics and the Chinese history subject community in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsEducation
Higher education
Issue Date2007
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0305764X.asp
Citation
Cambridge Journal Of Education, 2007, v. 37 n. 2, p. 229-247 How to Cite?
AbstractChinese history (a subject entirely separate and distinct from 'history') has long been the most politically sensitive subject in Hong Kong's school curriculum. Previous studies have analysed the policies of the colonial and postcolonial Governments towards this subject. Here, we examine the role played by the Chinese history subject community (comprising teachers, academics and officials in the Government's educational bureaucracy), and look at the way in which this has operated as an autonomous interest group. We conclude that the influence of this subject community has been a key factor limiting the extent to which the local educational authorities have been able to develop a coherent policy in relation to history education in general, and the teaching of national history in particular. Specifically, advocates of the maintenance of Chinese history as a separate subject within the school curriculum have been able, by associating themselves with the post-1997 agenda of 'patriotic education', to effectively hoist the local educational bureaucracy with its own petard.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/54291
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.0
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.469
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dc.contributor.authorVickers, Een_HK
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Pen_HK
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/54291-
dc.description.abstractChinese history (a subject entirely separate and distinct from 'history') has long been the most politically sensitive subject in Hong Kong's school curriculum. Previous studies have analysed the policies of the colonial and postcolonial Governments towards this subject. Here, we examine the role played by the Chinese history subject community (comprising teachers, academics and officials in the Government's educational bureaucracy), and look at the way in which this has operated as an autonomous interest group. We conclude that the influence of this subject community has been a key factor limiting the extent to which the local educational authorities have been able to develop a coherent policy in relation to history education in general, and the teaching of national history in particular. Specifically, advocates of the maintenance of Chinese history as a separate subject within the school curriculum have been able, by associating themselves with the post-1997 agenda of 'patriotic education', to effectively hoist the local educational bureaucracy with its own petard.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectEducationen_HK
dc.subjectHigher educationen_HK
dc.titleKeepers of the sacred flame: Patriotism, politics and the Chinese history subject community in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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