Identity and education: A narrative self study of a civic educator

Nai Kwok CHAN

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In this paper, I have inquired into the issue of identity in civic education in Hong Kong in the face of the 1997 political handover through an incident of my personal experience. This is a narrative self study in which the perceptions of civic educators of the issue of identity education for 1997 were revealed. The story of preparing a Catholic civic education project has helped show the complexity of the issue of identity education in Hong Kong. Three major observations were made in the inquiry. First, there was a general acceptance among civic educators of the pluralistic identities of Hong Kong Chinese. Second, the contention aroused over the issue of identity in Hong Kong during the transitional period did not lie in its plurality, but in the relative importance to be assigned to each of the identities, in particular to the national identity of Hong Kong Chinese. Third, a major concern over nationalistic education was focused on the approaches to be adopted in inculcating national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


Hong Kong
national identity


Chan, N.-K. (2004, April). Identity and education: A narrative self study of a civic educator. Paper presented at the Pacific Circle Consortium 28th Annual Conference: Civic Values and Social Responsibility in a Global Context, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.


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