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Book talk series: New Directions In Hong Kong Studies

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Book launch of Hong Kong Takes Flight by Dr. John D. Wong

#1 Hong Kong Takes Flight by John D. Wong

About the book

Commercial aviation took shape in Hong Kong as the city developed into a powerful economy. Rather than accepting air travel as an inevitability in the era of global mobility, John Wong argues that Hong Kong’s development into a regional and global airline hub was not preordained. By underscoring the shifting process through which this hub emerged, Hong Kong Takes Flight aims to describe globalization and global networks in the making.

Viewing the globalization of the city through the prism of its airline industry, Wong examines how policymakers and businesses asserted themselves against international partners and competitors in a bid to accrue socioeconomic benefits, negotiated their interests in Hong Kong’s economic success, and articulated their expressions of modernity.

About the author

John D. Wong is Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong.

Admission is free to this event.

Unable to come?
You could also take home your copy of Hong Kong Takes Flight through Harvard University Press or Amazon website.

Should you have any questions about this event, please feel free to email us at [email protected].

First talk:
Date: 07 October 2022 (Friday)
Time: 1700 – 1830
Location: In-person
Language: primarily in English and supplemented with Cantonese

Preview of the book talk series:

#2 Hong Kong Visual Culture: The M+ Guide by Tina Pang (M+) on 04 November 2022 (Friday) at 1700; In-person

#3 英國檔案中的香港前途問題 by Gary Cheung (CityU) on 18 November 2022 (Friday) at 1700

#4 Building Colonial Hong Kong Speculative Development and Segregation in the City by Cecilia Chu (HKU) on 25 November 2022 (Friday) at 1700; Online & In-person

John D. Wong
Date & Time
First talk: 07 October 2022 (Friday) 1700-1830