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Seminar: The “National Question” and the Stories of Hong Kong
Date: 18 November 2015 
School of Modern Languages and Cultures HKU has the pleasure of inviting you to the Seminar:

The “National Question” and the Stories of Hong Kong

Dr. Leo K. Shin
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

18 Nov, 2015 (Wed)
Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Recent debates concerning whether the people of Hong Kong constitute a “nation” or man zuk (Mandarin: min zu) have injected much heat and passion to the on-going political struggles in the former British colony. Yet, even among the political and intellectual elites, few in the territory have embraced the notion of a “Hong Kong nation.” The reasons for this are many. One has to do with the ambiguities and tensions embedded in the notion of man zuk. Another has to do with the primary identification by many in the territory with the “Chinese nation.” But, above all, the reason seems to be that “nation-building” has, at least until recently, not been part of the story about Hong Kong. This talk is about the “Hong Kong nation,” but it is, ultimately, about the stories of Hong Kong.

Leo K. Shin is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. A former reporter for The Hong Kong Standard, he is the author of The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands (Cambridge, 2006) and editor of a volume in the Dang dai xi fang Han xue yan jiu ji cui [Selected contemporary Western scholarship on Chinese studies] 當代西方漢學研究集萃 series (Shanghai, 2012).

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