29 February, 2016
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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The new book Hong Kong and British Culture, 1945-97 published by Prof Mark Hampton, Associate Professor of the Department of History examines the British cultural engagement with Hong Kong in the second half of the twentieth century. It shows how the territory fits unusually with Britain’s own culture during a period of perceived stagnation and decline.

Another book, The Cultural Construction of The British World, edited by Prof Hampton, examines the cultural factors that held the British world together. It discusses the ways Britishness was understood at home, in the Empire, and in areas of informal British influence. The book makes the case for a “cultural British world”, and examines how it took shape in a wide range of locations, ranging from India to Jamaica, from Sierra Leone to Australia, and from south China to New Zealand.