Repositioning a City amidst Globalization and Regionalization: The Case of Hong Kong

Mr Kim Ming Lee,
Mr Jack Yue,
Dr Luen Tim Percy Lui
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The paper is to use the case of Hong Kong to illustrate the repositioning of a city. After the handover in 1997, Hong Kong has experienced the challenges of the Asian Financial Crisis and China's accession to WTO. Hong Kong needs serious repositioning and creates a new city identity in order to survive against three serious challenges. First, the world economy is characterized by the increasingly intense competition among different city-regions, whereby cities such as Hong Kong have to struggle between their global-ness and their regional identity. Second, territorialization necessitates a transformation and reconfiguration of the existing places within the territorial network so as to make them more consistent and coherent with the governance structure for pursuing global competitiveness. Third, as a corollary of the above two currents, governing a city effectively calls for local/regional struggles and cooperation that may involve various local state actors, social groups, and institutions.

The paper therefore intends to chart out, based on a critical review of the several repositioning attempts ever made by the government since 1997, how Hong Kong's region-making has been affected by the local policies, the Mainland policies, and the involved actors like transnational corporations and the provinces in the Mainland. In particular, the paper will discuss the place- and region-making and the cross-border governance issues of the Pearl River Delta and the Pan-Pearl River Delta region which includes nine provinces of China, Hong Kong and Macao.

Keywords: Place-making, Globalization, City-region, Cross-border Governance
Stream: Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: A paper has not yet been submitted.

Mr Kim Ming Lee

Lecturer, Division of Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Mr Jack Yue

Affiliation not supplied

Dr Luen Tim Percy Lui

Lecturer, Public Administration Program The School of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Ref: H05P0325