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In Search of the King of Kowloon; Hong Kong’s Identity Crisis and the Media Creation of an Icon

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posted on 20.07.2021, 23:27 by LOUISA C LIM
This research examines the role of Hong Kong journalists and columnists in building identity through the case study of “the King of Kowloon”, the self-appointed title adopted by Tsang Tsou-choi, a penniless trash collector who carried out a half-century-long graffiti campaign claiming ownership over Kowloon peninsula. It argues the King’s evolution reflects the growing identity consciousness of Hong Kong people around the city’s 1997 transition to Chinese sovereignty. It explores the mechanics of icon creation by examining how and why journalists bolstered Tsang’s reputation as the King of Kowloon, a local icon symbolising a Hong Kong identity distinct from China.

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Principal supervisor

Johan Karl Einar Lidberg

Additional supervisor 1

Gloria Davies

Year of Award

2021

Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Course

Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Campus location

Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

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