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Introducing M+ as capital for a Hong Kong specific cultural identity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4368-3097
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the last decade the Hong Kong government has shown an interest in promoting large scale cultural development projects including Art Basel Hong Kong, the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) as well as M+ The Museum of Arts and Visual Culture, all presenting Hong Kong as a cultural hub. The development of those projects can be seen as a way for the city to diversify its economy through creative industries (CI) and urban entrepreneurship (Raco and Gilliam, 2012), making the place more appealing for international workers and global tourism. However, ongoing grassroots political movements such as the 2014 Umbrella Movement suggest that the Beijing government is keen to intervene with Hong Kong’s affairs. As a result, its cultural identity is being challenged. In this paper we argue that the study of the yet conceptual M+ museum contribute with accruing capital of cultural identity when compared to likewise huge museum projects in mainland China. We will further argue that the Hong Kong museum will represent an original that other museums in the world may wish to copy.

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Keyword [en]
Hong Kong, mainland China, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, spaces, museum, conceptual, original, cultural identity
National Category
Arts Social and Economic Geography Sociology
Research subject
Human Geography; Art History; Asian Languages and Cultures
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125312OAI: diva2:892374
The Fourth European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy, Florence, October 8-9, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-10 Created: 2016-01-10 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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