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In Search of an Identity: The Politics of History as a School Subject in Hong Kong, 1960s-2005 (Comparative Educaton Research Centre)

ISBN: 9789628093380
Publisher: Comparative Education Research Centre, Hong Kong University
Edition: 0
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Number of pages: 352
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In most societies the school subject of History reflects and reinforces a sense of collective identity. However, in Hong Kong this has emphatically not been the case. Official and popular ambivalence towards 'the nation' in the shape of the People's Republic of China, and the sensitivity of Hong Kong's own political and cultural status, have meant that the question of local identity has until recently been largely sidestepped in school curricula and textbooks. In this ground- breaking study, Edward Vickers sets out to reexamine some of the myths concerning colonialism and schooling under the British, while showing how in postcolonial Hong Kong these myths have been deployed to legitimize a program of nationalistic re-education.

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