Leveraging mega-events to embrace Chinese national identity : the politics of Hong Kong’s participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Shanghai 2010 World Expo / Marcus P. Chu

Chu, Marcus P.

The Chinese authorities successively assigned Hong Kong to host the 2008 Summer Olympics equestrian competitions and invited its professionals to take part in the organisation of the 2010 World Expo. This chapter, through reviewing the two cases, confirms the success of this strategic measure. It also investigates the reasons for the decline of the Hong Kong public’s allegiance to Beijing and the rise of the local youngsters’ unwillingness to identify themselves as Chinese after the celebrations of the two mega-events were over.

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