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The development of Japanese studies in Hong Kong

posted on 2022-03-29, 01:20 authored by Hitoshi Murakami
This thesis examines how the Hong Kong mentality has affected the development of Japanese studies in Hong Kong. It first defines the Hong Kong mentality as "insecure" "flexible" and "pragmatic" and analyses the background against which these characteristics developed. It places an emphasis on the unique history of Hong Kong, colonized by the British, once occupied by the Japanese, and finally reunified with China. -- The development of Japanese studies in three different periods is analysed according to the demand for Japanese studies. The Period of Low Demand characterizes Japanese studies from the establishment of colonial Hong Kong until the 1950s, with particular attention to the sense of insecurity Hong Kong people lived under, and the weak Japanese presence in Hong Kong society. The Period of Growth of Demand examines the rapid growth of Japanese studies from the 1960s to the 1980s and discovers that it was due both to a strengthened Japanese presence and pragmatic motivations driving the growth. Finally, the Period of Expansion of Demand describes the current expansion of Japanese studies into new areas. It is analysed that the expansion came about because of new factors such as the penetration of Japanese popular culture into Hong Kong, reduced insecurity, and the introduction of a new education system.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Part I. Hong Kong mentality -- 1. Colonial factors -- 2. China factors -- 3. Other factors -- 4. Defining the Hong Kong mentality -- Part II. Period of low demand -- 5. Demand initiated only by the local government -- 6. Lack of demand and lack of presence -- Part III. Period of growth of demand -- 7. Emergence and growth of demand in the general public -- 8. Growth of Japanese presence and pragmatic motivations -- Part IV. Period of expansion of demand -- 9. New developments in Japanese studies -- 10. Weakened insecurity and secured Japanese presence -- Conclusion


Bibliography: pages 297-319

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

Department, Centre or School

Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kay-wah Chan

Additional Supervisor 1

Misuzu Hanihara Chow


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Hitoshi Murakami 2012.




Hong Kong (China)


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