The Meaning of `Whiteness´ to People working in Chung King Mansions
Conference Theme: Crises, `Creative Destruction´ and the Global Power and Communication orders
When: 25-29 June 2013
Paper presented: The Meaning of `Whiteness´ to People working in Chung King Mansions
Scholars: Alice Yang Cheng and Nicholas Chan
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This is a presentation about the topic „Whiteness” used in Communication theories that refers to the privileged treatment people receive due to being considered as “white” or having “white skin”. In Hong Kong (former British colony) “being white” is still an economic and cultural privilege (Leonard, 2008).
The authors intend exploring the meaning of whiteness to people working in Chungking Mansions, a guesthouse complex in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui (tourist area). CKM represents a multi-cultural microcosm, where people from South East Asia, Middle East, Africa, (and other countries) live, work, and trade with “low-end globalization” goods (Gordon Matthews; 2011). “White people” go there mainly out of curiosity or for cheap accommodation.
One paper or presentation certainly is not able to cover the whole truth and does not claim to have the last word on the subject. However, it shall be one more stepping stone to contribute to society and further communications research.
The paper was written by Alice Yang Cheng and Nicholas Chan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong).
• Leonard, P. (2008). Organizing Whiteness: Gender, nationality and subjectivity in postcolonial Hong Kong, Gender, Work & Organization. 17(3). 340-358.
• Mathews, G. (2011). Ghetto at the center of the world. London: The University of Chicago Press.