Relations of blood? Racialization of civic identity in twenty-first century Hong Kong

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Abstract

This paper explores how notions of race, ethnicity, and blood are mobilized in educational texts in Hong Kong. It elaborates how civic identity is racialized as part of a nationalist education operating beneath the surface of expressed commitments to global citizenship, human rights, etc., in curriculum and textbooks. Many have commented on how cultural and ethnic ties are prioritized over political principles as bases for civic education in Asian societies. These cultural/ethnic bases should be critically examined, however, as they imply racial/ethnic exclusions. Examining how race, ethnicity, and blood are used to justify cultural framings of civic identity leads to questions about how education can be used to unify some, while alienating others from a sense of belonging and community. I argue that racialization of Hong Kong civic identity is not a happy solution for all members of society, and for more inclusive visions of identity in education. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-772
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Volume40
Issue number6
Early online date12 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Jackson, L. (2019). Relations of blood? Racialization of civic identity in twenty-first century Hong Kong. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 40(6), 761-772. doi: 10.1080/01596306.2017.1312283

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Civic education
  • Race
  • Identity
  • China
  • Curriculum

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