Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Mark Dallas




politics, society, culture, youth, government


Most past research on the democratization of Hong Kong has been generally concerned about on the ramifications of institutional power dynamics, and aimed to inform an audience whose primary interests were in China. Accordingly, understandings of the culture and society of Hong Kong becomes limited, as they serve to support an argument for or against Chinese regional despotism. From public media coverage to scholarship articles, very little attention has been paid to the transformations of Hong Kong at the individual level. In a society that has been through constant social, economic and political transformations in the past decades, Hong Kong has developed a rich culture that demands analysis beyond the surface. This thesis focuses on the development of a unique Hong Kongese identity and its implications on the ongoing democratic movement. The following chapters will establish conceptual and empirical relations between cultural identities and political dissent in an attempt to form a dialogue for the understanding of local contextual complexities and global linkages of democratic movements in Hong Kong.