PANG Lai Kwan 彭麗君

Research Projects


  • The Culture of Sharing: Intellectual Properties of the Cyber World
  • PANG Lai Kwan
    1 April 2006
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This research is separated into two parts: one empirical and the other analytical. The empirical part is also separated into two. First, I will investigate the historical development of a culture of sharing evolved in the cyber world in the last decade. This history is highly intertwined with the developments of relevant software and hardware, and through this research I will establish a pertinent case study demonstrating the relationship between technology and culture. Second, I investigate the current activities of sharing performed on the internet in Hong Kong and adjacent areas. The main objective of this part is to investigate how information and entertainment materials are considered as gifts within this culture, and how new on-line communities are established with a strong ethos of sharing. Combining the two empirical parts, I analyze how the current Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) regime fails to acknowledge the importance of sharing in human civilization, and the reliance on gifts to form social network is not made obsolete by our current post-capitalist society in which information and knowledge are increasingly privatized. I also want to investigate how the development of the cyber world reinforces both the intensity of the legal control of the IPRs and the multifarious activities taking place that circumscribe these controls. (AL05382)



Research Publications


  • "City Branding and Cinema: The Case of Hong Kong Cinema". Paper presented in the Proceedings of the Whither the Orient: Asians in Asian and Non-Asian Cinema Conference, organized by Asia Culture Forum. Gwangju, Korea, South, 2006.10.



  • "Jackie Chan, Tourism, and the Performing Agency". Hong Kong Film, Hollywood, and the New Global Cinema ed. by Gina Marchetti and Tan See-Kam. Hong Kong SAR: Routledge, 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL PN1993.5.C4 H64 2007 c.3; UL HK Studies PN1993.5.C4 H64 2007; UC General Education PN1993.5.C4 H64 2007 c.2)



  • "Postcolonial Hong Kong Cinema: Utilitarianism and (Trans)Local". Postcolonial Studies vol.10 no.4, 2007.12.



  • Masculinities and Hong Kong Cinema. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong University Press, 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL PN1993.5.H6 M36 2005 c.2; UL HK Studies PN1993.5.H6 M36 2005)



  • Special Issue of "Hong Kong: Ten Years after Colonialism," Postcolonial Studies London, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2007.12.



  • "城市觀光:香港旅遊業的視覺論述". 全球化與「中國性」:當代文化的後殖民解讀 宋耕. Hong Kong SAR: Hong Kong University Press, 2006.


* Name of external researcher
# Name of staff who has left the University