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By Eric Kit-wai Ma

Ma appears to be like on the ways that the id of Hong Kong voters has replaced within the Nineties specially because the handover to China in 1997. this can be the 1st research which specializes in the position, during this method, of renowned media in most cases and tv particularly. the writer particularly analyses on the courting among tv ideologies and cultural identities and explores the function of tv within the means of id formation and upkeep.

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Socially and culturally, Hong Kong further detached itself from the influence of mainland China. The sojourner generation gave up hope of returning to China and started to consider Hong Kong as a permanent home. The local generation Commercial terrestrial television was first introduced in 1967, just after the riots and civic disturbances of the same year. In the late 1960s, of the total 4,000,000 population, nearly one-third of them had emigrated from China after the communist take-over. There had also been a persistently high birth rate from the late 1940s through the 1950s.

Eds), 1995). However, largely because of the non-interventionist policy, in actuality the media enjoy, up to the present, a high degree of freedom and autonomy which is a result of the government’s exercise of self-restraint (Kuan and Lau, 1988). , 1997). I shall return to this in the next chapter when I talk about the re-sinicisation before and after 1997. Ironically, this ‘minimally integrated media-political system’ of the 1960s and 1970s, which can be seen as a political deficiency, provided a cultural space that was absent in many Asian countries.

This situation is intensified by the recent proliferation of channels and the increase of production costs. To fill up the ever-expanding air-time, it is more economical to import than to produce. , 1989). The cultural argument inherent to the imperialism thesis claims that imported media products can saturate the cultural sphere of the dependent countries to an extent that local cultural identify is subverted and inhibited (Hamelink, 1983). g. Ang, 1985; Liebes and Katz, 1990). But the economic argument remains strong.

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