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The Representation of Space and Cultural Memory in Hong Kong Independent Comics



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The Representation of Space and Cultural Memory in Hong Kong Independent Comics by Yuk-Wan Huen
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This dissertation, "The Representation of Space and Cultural Memory in Hong Kong Independent Comics" by Yuk-wan, Huen, 禤育昀, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: This paper explores the way Hong Kong independent comics encapsulate the essence of the city. Independent comics are distinguished from mainstream comics by their specific mode of production. More significantly they demonstrate an emphasis on subjective personal creativity and craftsmanship, which stands out sharply in the pervasive objective culture in modern society. Adopting an anthropological approach in representing local ways of living, these comics attempt to map an identity of Hong Kong in a way that is free from confusing influences of her postcolonial history, her political subordination to China and the global capitalist forces. The artists of independent comics embrace the essence of local culture by focusing on space and cultural memory and thereby rediscovering the truth and characteristics of life in Hong Kong. As a form of popular cultural text, Hong Kong independent comics package the local identity and history into fashionable goods for cultural consumption. Together with this, the articulation of a shared past creates forces of cohesion that binds the community together and offers a way for the people to negotiate their identity. DOI: 10.5353/th_b4833460 Subjects: Comic books, strips, etc - China - Hong Kong - History and criticismCaricatures and cartoons - China - Hong Kong - History and criticism
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January 26th, 2017
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