Back to square one: The "re-depoliticizing" of civil education in Hong Kong

Yan Wing LEUNG, Shun Wing NG

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Abstract

This article argues that the development of civic education in Hong Kong can be divided into three phases chronologically: (1) before 1984: “depoliticization” by the state and the school; (2) 1984-1997: “politicization” of the intended curriculum; and (3) 1997 onwards: “re-depoliticization” of civic education and official confirmation of nationalistic education. In general, for phases one and two, the development is described as moving from de-politicization to politicization, in response to the political development of Hong Kong from a British colony towards the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of People's Republic of China. The article continues by exploring the third phase in detail with reference to the official document: Learning to Learn: Life-long Learning and Whole-person Development and the official speeches of the Chief Executive, Tung Chee Hwa. A phenomenon of re-depoliticization of civic education is identified, together with a strong upheaval of nationalistic education. This leads civic education “back to square one"—"re-depoliticized”. The article concludes by highlighting that the development of civic education in Hong Kong is a typical example of how civic education reflects the political context of the society. Copyright © 2004 Nanyang Technological University & National Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-60
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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Leung, Y.-W., & Ng, S.-W. (2004). Back to square one: The "re-depoliticizing" of civil education in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 24(1), 43-60.