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Title: Designing Identity: Hong Kong Posters and the Colonial Divide, 1963-2003.
Author: Ho, Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2692 7373
Awarding Body: The Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2010
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Linked intimately to social change, poster design had long featured in the cultural spaces of Hong Kong occupying key roles in various spheres of communication since the colony's early founding. As a key site of modernity, the graphic poster played a pivotal role in visually articulating the city's identity in the changing political and cultural landscape of the late colonial period. This thesis will assess the role and impact of poster design on historical and cultural contexts of modernisation in Hong Kong from the period 1963-2003, with specific focus on the design group the Kong Hong Kong Poster League (HKPL). It will trace the development of graphic design of the last four decades, with emphasis laid on the apparent neutrality of the East meets West cultural dialectic commonly used to describe the city and its cultural production. By spanning the 1997 colonial divide, this thesis traces the major discourse of Hong Kong design culture not only within a British colonial context, but also within a global one. In providing an analysis of poster design in Hong Kong, this work provides an insight into how design circumscribed cultural discourse in the challenge to predominant colonial narratives, and how the city's position as a hub within various local and global networks has led to the emergence of a complex contemporary design culture that is distinctly postmodern
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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