Tackling questions of transcultural cooperation and the relating determinants and processes in Hong Kong through field study and observation.
2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s sovereignty handover from Great Britain to the People’s Republic of China. It is a good time for us to review the role of Hong Kong under ‘One Country, Two systems’ and the transculturality among locals, migrants, foreigners, businesses and politics since the handover.
‘Transculturalism represents the idea that there are perceptions and ideas of moral values and principles, such as humanitarianism, justice or fairness, that are common to all cultures’ (Wieland, 2015). The goal of this research project therefore is to focus on the commonalities between the diverse cultures in Hong Kong, and on the corresponding learning processes and strategies for using and developing these commonalities through transcultural cooperation.
The theory of hybridity emphasizes neither cultural assimilation nor cultural diversity, it stresses an advent, a happening, an emergence of cultural form(s). Cultural identities and environments are produced by transnational processes and cultural fusions. Cultural hybridization could cause essentializing, alternating, converting, hybridizing, and innovating.
The case of Hong Kong offers an opportunity to analyze transculturality and cultural hybridity. Hong Kong is a migrant city. It is where East meets West, in which the culture of Hong Kong is deemed to be a mixture of both.
This research project aims at tackling questions of transcultural cooperation and the relating determinants and processes in Hong Kong through field study and observation. The team assembles seven students, the perspectives of six countries, five disciplines, and four study programs offered at Zeppelin University and targets meeting international migrants and local citizens for qualitative interviews. For this purpose, each of the young researchers will focus on a specific area, namely migration, arts, communication, policy, behavioural ethics or business & entrepreneurship, and therefore add a particular contribution to the overall research question.
From 7th to 14th of January 2018 the group went on a field trip to Hong Kong, where they had the opportunity to learn first hand about their fields of interest via field study and observation, meetings with local students and experts as well as taking part in guest lectures and workshops that were organized in cooperation with local partners.
The group is now in the process of analyzing their findings. They will host a symposium at Zeppelin University in fall and publish a book presenting their results in early 2019.