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By Gordon Mathews, Tai-lok Lui

ISBN-10: 9622095461

ISBN-13: 9789622095465

This ebook exhibits how the specific ehtnographic examine of intake in Hong Kong can result in a deeper realizing of Hong Kong existence as a complete, in addition to of intake on this planet at large.

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Nowadays, huge shopping malls serve the locals as much as, or more than, the tourists (Lim 1999). However, as I shall try to demonstrate in this chapter, the breakdown of the cognitive and socio-economic barrier between the tourists' and the locals' consumption in Hong Kong is a recent phenomenon. The growth of the shopping mall culture in Hong Kong — unlike the experience in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, where the growth of shopping malls went hand in hand with growing affluence and the popularization of car ownership — does not spring from suburbanization and concomitant changes in styles of living (Crawford 1992) or the so-called 'highway comfort culture' (Kowinski 1985:46-52).

Chapter 5, Annie Hau-nung Chan's 'Shopping for Fashion in Hong Kong', examines what some observers have seen as the epitome of Hong Kong consumption in recent decades: the pursuit of fashion. After outlining the history of fashion in Hong Kong, in its shift from 'Chinese' to 'Western', she looks at contemporary fashion theory, fashion as constructed by the capitalist world system and fashion as cultural resistance. Then she takes us on an intimate journey with three young women as they tour their favourite fashion stores and buy or resist buying what they see.

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