ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 3
Cover Date: September 2016
Between crisis and creativity: Esther M. K. Cheung’s study of the everyday
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Authors:  Winnie L. M. Yee 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.3.3.407_1

crisis,city,everyday Life,creativity,Hong Kong culture,Hong Kong cinema,Hong Kong literature

Hong Kong, a hub of cultural exchanges and transnational funding, resources, ideologies and people, is often seen as an economic miracle. The dominant economic discourse of capitalism has reduced Hong Kong to a mere product of financial systems and structures, and deprived it of the possibility of enchantment. By analysing textual practices such as film aesthetics and metacultural criticism, Esther M. K. Cheung developed a unique approach to Hong Kong and other global cities. Her interest in urban culture was not confined by geographical boundaries. In a unique and remarkable way, Cheung analysed the intricate relationship between everyday life, creativity, and moments of crisis. Her readings of, and intense preoccupation with, understanding cities have inspired scholars to seek the abandoned and hidden small events and narratives of our everyday life.
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