English-language literature of Hong Kong

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This chapter tells a largely chronological story of the development of English language Hong Kong literature from the British colonial era to the postcolonial present. Inevitably, this attempt to chart the English literary history of Hong Kong is partial and perspectival in nature. This is not only because accounts of a given literary culture are always historically contingent, but also because Hong Kong writing in English is in the throes of taking its distinct shape. At its best, therefore, this chapter presents a provisional outline, which places dominant trends, genres, figures, and features in specific moments. In so doing, the chapter contests the almost calcified assumptions of those who look askance at Hong Kong as a cultural desert. Copyright © 2024 the author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Southeast Asian Englishes
EditorsAndrew J. MOODY
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780192855282
Publication statusPublished - 2024


Tse, K. Y. N. (2024). English-language literature of Hong Kong. In A. J. Moody (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Southeast Asian Englishes (pp. 361-379). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780192855282.013.19


  • Hong Kong literature
  • Asian voices
  • Colonial culture
  • Postcolonial texts
  • Global Anglophone writing
  • World literature


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