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Ms Ka I Sio

PhD Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

(email at ka.i.sio@durham.ac.uk)

Project Title and Description

Representing Hong Kong Identity in newspapers: A corpus-based study of ‘Hongkonger’, 2001-2020

For a long time, Hong Kong is widely recognised as a melting point: a mixture of traditional Chinese culture and Western culture; a juncture of capitalism and communism, and moreover, a point of interaction between the Chinese national identity and the local Hong Kong identity. However, the interaction between these components is not as harmonious as it presents, clashes do exist. And among all these aspects, the conflict between the Chinese national identity and the local Hong Kong identity is the most visible one. This research examines the representations of Hongkonger identity in the newspapers with different orientations from 2001 to 2020, a period that numbers of pivotal incidents occurred. It involves qualitative discourse analysis of selected press data and quantitative corpus analysis and in-depth interview. By adopting a post-colonial perspective, this research aims to explore the Hongkonger identity construction and the role of the media in constructing and reflecting the identity. 

Research Interests

  • Media and Representation
  • Hong Kong Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Gender Studies 

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