Global citizenship, democratic perception and national identification of the Hong Kong post-90s generation: Implications for ‘youth work’ and education

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Abstract

This presentation reports the preliminary findings from a recent survey research which examines citizenship, democratic perception and national identification of the young people bom in the 1990s' Hong Kong. Employing a 45-items survey instmment, the research explores the factors that determine Hong Kong young people's understanding about Chinese identities, global citizenship, democratic perception and political participation. This presentation examines the relationship between the demography of the Hong Kong post-90s generation (as independent variables) and the main dependent variables: (1) global citizenship, (2) democratic perception and (3) national identification.
The following hypotheses inform the research design: (a) Young people with stronger identification as global citizen agree with the universal value of democracy to a greater extent; (b) Hong Kong youths who identify themselves as ‘Hongkonger’ are more likely to perceive that global citizenship is more important than a Chinese identity; (c) Young people in Hong Kong who hold a relatively positive view about People's Republic of China are less likely to hold a Hong Kong identity; (d) Respondents who perceive having received substantial civic education are more likely to participate in politics actively; and (e) The Internet plays an important role in enhancing young people's socio- political awareness.
This research employs convenient sampling for data collection. As majority of HK Post-90s generation are Internet users, web survey methodology, which does not focus on probability sampling, is adopted and referenced.
Results of this survey will inform the implementation of ‘youth work’ in relation to education and global citizenship by making sense of the socio-political world afresh from youth perspectives, especially amidst the intensifying societal perception of youth’s discontents in China’s Hong Kong. Copyright © 2017 13th citized International Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Citation

Tang, H. H.-H. (2017, June). Global citizenship, democratic perception and national identification of the Hong Kong post-90s generation: Implications for ‘youth work’ and education. Paper presented at The 13th CitizED International Conference: Global citizenship and youth work: educational meanings, possibilities and practices, Korea National Sport University, Seoul, Korea.

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