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Post-Colonial New Towns in Hong Kong
Half of the population in Hong Kong have been living in new towns since the 1970s. Influenced by the British’s Garden City Movement, ‘new towns’ is argued to be a product of facilitating colonial governance - diverting people’s attention from political instability to socio-economic success through infrastructure. After ‘‘returning’ to China, most aspects before 1997 have remained as promised, including new town development, yet new generations start to question the legitimacy of retaining reminiscence from the colonial era, which further raised an urge among members of Hong Kong to establish a discourse of herself instead of either being defined as a ‘white but not quite’ ex-british colony, or the lost and found bit of the ‘Greater China’ family. By means of challenging the current status of ‘new towns’, the thesis attempts to offer a visualized point of view towards a possible form of post-colonial Hong Kong identity.