FUNG Ying Him Anthony 馮應謙

Research Projects


  • For a Sustainable Development of the Hong Kong Movie Industry: An Evaluation of the Film Council and the China Market as Policy Options
  • CHAN Joseph Man, LIANG Nianci*, FUNG Ying Him Anthony
    30 September 2006
    Public Policy Research Funding Scheme

    The overall purpose of the project is to explore various policy measures by which Hong Kong can revive and sustain its film industry. Specifically, the study will (1) review the current measures for the local film industry with a comparative perspective; (2) identify the role that the Hong Kong SAR Government can and should play in revitalizing the local film industry; (3) evaluate the pros and cons of setting up a statutory body such as film commission; and (4) explore the potential of the China market and how/whether it helps boost the Hong Kong film industry. (SS06320)


  • Global Companies, Local Culture: Production, Distribution and Consumption of Popular Music in Greater China
  • >FUNG Ying Him Anthony, MA Kit Wai
    1 September 2003
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This project explores the globalization and localization of transnational music record companies in the China market. It examines how these global capitals produced Chinese singers and songs in relation to the changing cultural values of the new generations in Greater China. A significant body of literature in the fields of media studies and cultural studies, political economy and sociology of consumption has converged on (1) the interactions between global corporations and low cultures, and (2) the power of popular culture on the formation of local cultures and group identities. Specifically, our study sets out to empirically examine (1) the entry and then the localization of transnational record companies in China since the early 1990s, (2) how these foreign companies adapted local, Chinese and Asian strategies - partially from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan - to construct national Chinese stars and pave the way for their cultural business in China, and (3) how audience and fans in Hong Kong, Taiwan and urban China use popular music as a site to explore, interrogate, and transform their values and identities in relation to their subcultural groups, age, class, gender, politics and public life. The study employs multiple methods, including field and ethnographic work, in-depth interviews, and diary study as well as institutional and textual analysis. As the images of these stars and their popular songs circulate throughout China, our examination sheds light on the extent to which foreign capital has played a role in the transformation of Chinese culture in particular after WTO, not through formal politics, but by means of popular culture. Equally important, in light of the fact that many audiences find aspirations, express views, and appropriate values, identities and norms in the realm of popular music as opposed to conventional formal and political processes, the research results will become significant thermometer for social change of China and cultural policy. (CU03274)


  • Hong Kong Identity Survey (2002)
  • MA Kit Wai, FUNG Ying Him Anthony
    1 February 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This project will trace the changes of the Hong Kong identity since the Handover. It will be the fifth wave of the same study and a continuation of the longitudinal survey. The same survey was conducted in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. adopted is an approach of cultural studies to the investigation of identity which provides theorized discussion of the concepts of .us. and .others., identity boundary, hybridization and resistance.
    The study grounds these concepts in empirical investigation by (1) mapping the .identity distance. between the established and the imaginary .us. via-á-vis .others. during the socio-political transition, (2) charting the distance of cultural affect from mainland Chinese, and (3) measuring the identity integration with China in terms of center-periphery integration. These conceptual and historical analysis, however, are seldom placed under empirical investigation. By means of survey and in-depth interview, we attempt to answer the following research questions:
    (1) How have identity boundaries between .Hong Kong people. and .Chinese. changed since the political transition and postcoloniality?
    (2) Given that identities are built around icons and symbols embedded in social and media discourses, what are the changes of public.s feelings and emotion toward them?
    (3) What are the people.s attitudes and opinions toward the nationalistic discourse, local discourses and media discourses?
    (4) To what extent do the media influence the configuration of the identity distances or boundaries, emotive valorizations, and attitudinal judgment of identity discourses in postcolonial era? By comparing the data we collected in our longitudinal study in 1996, 1997,1998 and 1999, this study will delineate the long term trend of the changing Hong Kong identity carved under the cultural spaces of mediated nationalization and postcoloniality. (SS01631)


  • Popular Culture Consumption and Youth Identities in Hong Kong: Trajectories and Transitions
  • FUNG Ying Him Anthony, ERNI John*, GROSSBERG Lawrence*
    1 November 1999
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This project explores how youth in Hong Kong in the 1990s construct their cultural identities (including sub-cultural and gang identities) in relation to the consumption of popular culture images, icons, and narratives and through various multi-dimensional consumption practice spaces. This study focuses on the specificity of youth consumer culture in Hong Kong and attempts to empirically examine the impacts of two aspects of consumption on the formation and development of local youth's development of identities and social relations: (a) media texts which specially target at local teenagers (e.g. youth magazines, comic books, fiction, electronic and video games, and films); (b) the multiple forms and practices of popular culture consumption undertaken by local youth (e.g. dining, shopping, skating and bowling etc.) in various urban spaces and settings. A significant body of literature in the fields of cultural studies, youth subculture studies, and media consumption studies both in the West and in Asian contexts points to the centrality and power of cultural consumption in the formation of cultural identities, values, and a sense of belonging among youth. By employing multiple research methods (namely participant observation, focus groups, in-depth interviews, textual analysis and spatial analysis), the researchers explicate specific processes in which media consumption and shopping practices shape the changing behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, tastes, lifestyles and values among Hong Kong youth. Understanding of the youth culture helps explicate various youth problems such as suicide, drug abuse, gang activities, premarital sex relationships and juvenile delinquency. Equally important, given the close relationship between the culture of everyday life and historical context, their research sheds light on youth identity formation in terms of cultural and political citizenship. The research results will provide a locus for educational, cultural and youth policy debates, and have significance for the allocation of resources for social services aiming at better addressing the needs of local youth. (SS99461)



Research Publications


  • "Apathy in the time of globalisation: Hong Kong media coverage of WTO protest 2005". (co-authored with LEE Micky) Paper presented in the World Communication Association Annual Conference 2006, organized by World Communication Association. 2006.08.



  • "Bridgeing Cyberlife and Real Life: A Study of Online Communities in Hong Kong". Critical Cyberculture Reader ed. by David Silver, Adrienne Massanari and Steven Jones. New York: New York University Press, 2006. p.129-139.



  • "Coping, Cloning and Copying: Hong Kong in the Global Television Format Business". Television across Asia:Television Industres, Programme Formats and Globalizaton ed. by Albert Moran and Michael Keane. London, United Kingdom: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004. p.74-87.



  • "Cram Schooling in Hong Kong: The Privatization of Education". Asian Anthropology vol.2. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2003.09. p.179-195.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical GN1 .A92 v.1-2, 2002-03; Available Online)



  • "Cultural Heroes in Hong Kong and Kelly Chan’s Fans Cultures". Hong Kong Culture and Society Conference Hong Kong SAR, 2003.11.01.



  • "Discourse in Hong Kong". Asia Culture Review vol.6, 2007. p.92-95.



  • Embedding into our lives : new opportunities and challenges of the Internet. (co-authored with Louis Leung and Paul S.N. Lee) Hong Kong : Chinese University Press, 2009.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HM851 .E547 2009)



  • "Formal vs. Informal Use of Television and Sex-Role Stereotyping in Hong Kong". (co-authored with MA Kit Wai ) Sex Roles vol. 42 (1/2). 2000. p.57-81.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical HQ768.S4 v.42, no.1-6, 2000)



  • Global capital, local culture : localization of transnational media corporations in China. New York : Peter Lang, 2008.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL P94.65.C6 F86 2008)



  • "Hong Kong as the Asian and Chinese Distributor of Pokemon". International Journal of Comic Art vol.7 no.1, 2005. p.432-448



  • "Hong Kong Cinema. International Encyclopedia of Communications". Malden MA: Blackwell, 2008.



  • "The Hong Kong Coverage of the Sino-American Conflict: was There a Balanced Reporting?". Xinwen Cunqiu: Global Chinese Media and Chinese Culture Communication Research ed. by Fang Hanqi. Nanzhou, China: Nanzhou University Press, 2004.



  • "Hong Kong Online Singer". Paper presented in the The First China Online singer contest forum, organized by cn21.com, 008 Culture Communication and File Record. Guangzhou, China, 2005.08.16.



  • "Hong Kong Popular Culture". Paper presented in the Top21 program of PS33, organized by Hong Kong Christian Service Centre. Hong Kong, 2004.10.09.



  • Hong Kong Popular Music Culture: A Cultural Studies Reader. Hong Kong SAR: Wheatear Publishing Company, 2004.



  • "Intra-Asian Cultural Flow: Cultural Homologies in Hong Kong and Japanese Television Soap Operas". Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media vol.51 no.2, 2007. p.265-286.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "Invited lectures on Hong Kong Freedom and Press Sensationalism". International Affairs Offices, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, 2005.07.11.



  • "Learning Hong Kong's Body: Beauties, Beauty Workers and their Identitites.". (co-authored with CHAN Kwok-bun, WALLS Jans W. and HAYWARD David) East-West Identities: Globalization, Localization and Hybridization. Leiden: Brill, 2008. p.229-240.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Good Reads HM1272 .E37 2007)



  • "Locating and Dislocating Youth Culture in Hong Kong, Plenary Speech". International Conference on Working with Youth in a Rapidly Changing World Hong Kong SAR, 2003.11



  • "Media Consumption and Incomplete Globalization: How Chinese Interpret Border-Crossing Hong Kong TV Dramas". Media Consumption and Everyday Life in Asia ed. by Youna Kim. London: Routledge, 2008. p.83-96.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL P96.A832 A786 2009)



  • Media ideologies of gender in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Micky Lee) Occasional paper ; no. 172. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve 2 hours H62.5.H6 H62 no.172 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.172)



  • "Negotiating Local and National Identifications: Hong Kong Identity Surveys 1996-2006.". (co-authored with MA Kit Wai) Asian Journal of Communication vol.17 no.2, 2007. p.172-185.



  • "Political Economy of Hong Kong Media: Producing a Hegemonic Voice". Asian Journal of Communication vol.17 no.2, 2007. p.159-171.



  • "Postcolonial Hong Kong Identity: Hybridising the Local and theNational". Social Identities vol.10 no.3, New York, USA: Taylor & Francis, 2004. p.399-414.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical GN495.4 .S6 v.10, 2004; Available Online)



  • "SARS and Media: The Global Logic and Cultural Logic of Hong Kong". Paper presented in the Media Transformation in a Changing World: International Conference, Wuhan, China, 2005.11. p.17-20.



  • "Sensationalism in Hong Kong Newspapers". Issues and Challenges in Asia Journalism ed. by Hao Xiaoming and Sunanda Datta-Ray. Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 2006. p.189-203.



  • 《文化感覺 : 我有說話未曾講》 (In the voices of their own) (與李沛然合編),香港:振然出版社,2000。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL 796.H74 W457 2000; UL HK Studies DS796.H74 W457 2000 c.2)



  • 《文化感覺II : 給大家的情書》 (Sentiment, passion, obsession and others) (與李沛然合編),香港:麥穗出版有限公司,2002。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H74 W458 2002; UL HK Studies DS796.H74 W458 2002 c.2)



  • 《音樂敏感地帶》(與謝傲霜合編),香港:麥穗出版有限公司,2001。
    (CUHK Library Call No: CC ML3502.H85 F45 2001)



  • 〈香港男性與美〉,《堂堂男人:生活與健康》,黃志威、林冠愉編,香港:中文大學出版社,2006,頁43-46。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL WA300 .T36 2006; MD WA300 .T36 2006 c.2)



  • 《香港流行音樂文化 : 文化硏究讀本》,香港:麥穗出版有限公司,2004。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies ML3502.H85 F448 2004)



  • 《特區・政策・倫理》 (SAR, public policy, ethics) (與陳浩文合編),香港:麥穗出版有限公司,2001。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL JQ1539.5.A56 E8 2001; UL HK Studies JQ1539.5.A56 E8 2001)



  • 〈偶像與香港文化英雄:解構陳慧琳的歌迷文化〉,《香港.文化.研究》,吳俊雄、馬傑偉、呂大樂編,香港:香港大學出版社,2006,頁175-179。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies DS796.H75 X528 2006; CC Reserve 4 hours DS796.H75 X528 2006 c.3; CC Reserve 1 day DS796.H75 X528 2006 c.2)


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