ERIC Number: EJ1001098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
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Western Perceptions of Hong Kong Ten Years on: A Corpus-Driven Critical Discourse Study
Cheng, Winnie; Lam, Phoenix W. Y.
Applied Linguistics, v34 n2 p173-190 May 2013
This article studies the Western perceptions of and relations with Hong Kong a decade after the reversion of the sovereignty from Britain to China in 1997. Previous studies have demonstrated that the West had a significantly negative view on the future of Hong Kong with respect to the handover. According to recent observations, however, the perceptions of the West have undergone a noticeable change. This article aims at investigating the West's understanding, opinions and positions regarding Hong Kong today compared with those in 1997. The possible reasons for any changes are also investigated. Through the integration of the theories and methods of corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis and the use of two corpus linguistic software, ConcGram and Wmatrix, the present article examines a range of Western public discourse of Hong Kong concerning the handover. The purpose of the article is to yield insights into the New Hong Kong in the eyes of the West, which in turn contributes to a re-examination of the relations and power balance between the West and China.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Discourse Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Futures (of Society), Computer Software, Power Structure, Western Civilization, Social Change, Foreign Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong