MA Kit Wai 馬傑偉

Research Projects


  • 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)


  • Media Representations and Identity Politics of Transborder Marriage in Hong Kong and China
  • MA Kit Wai, CHEUNG Chin Hung Sidney (Dept of Anthropology), FUNG Anthony*
    1 December 2001
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This is a comparative analysis of the interactive relationship between media representations and social practices of transborder marriages in Hong Kong and China. This project adopts and interdisciplinary approach which combines theories and methods in media studies, sociology and anthropology. Firstly, the researchers will carry out textual analyses of transborder representations which include stereotypes of mainland people in the Hong Kong media and stereotypes of Hong Kong people in the mainland Chinese media. Secondly, the study will investigate the patterns of transborder migration and marriage in terms of the socioeconomic background of marriage partners. Thirdly, through ethnographic interviews and visits, this study will explore the reciprocal cultural dynamics of how micro identity politics are shaped before and after transborder marriages, and are being shaped by macro media cultures across the China-Hong Kong border. This study will contribute to the theorizing of mediated identity politics in media and cultural studies. It will display the interaction among media representations, cultural conflicts, class consciousness, social mobility, China-Hong Kong identity politics and everyday rituals. (SS01318)



Research Publications


  • "911 Hong Kong" (co-authored with YUEN Peter). Television and New Media vol.3 no.2, New York, USA: Sage, 2002.05. pp.321-233.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical PN1992 .T41 v.3, 2002; Available Online)



  • "Emotional Energies and Subcultural Politics in Post-97 Hong Kong". Inter-Asia Cultural Studies vol.3 no.2, 2002. pp.187-190.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS1 .I56 v.3, 2002)



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



  • "Global Connectivity and Local Politics: SARS, Talk Radio, and Public Opinion Apparatus in Hong Kong. " (co-authored with CHAN Joseph Man). SARS: Reception and Interpretation in Three Chinese Cities London, U.K.: London: Routledge, 2006.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • "The Hierarchy of Drinks: Alcohol and Social Class in Hong Kong". Consuming Hong Kong Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2001.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve 2 hours HC428.H6 C66 2001; UL HK Studies HC428.H6 C66 2001 c.2)



  • "Negotiating Local and National Identifications: Hong Kong Identity Surveys 1996-2006." (co-authored with FUNG Ying Him Anthony). Asian Journal of Communication vol.17 no.2, 2007. pp.172-185.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical P87 .A67)



  • "Peripheral vision: Chinese Cultural Studies in Hong Kong". Cultural Studies Companion ed. by Toby Miller. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell, 2001.



  • "Re-Advertising Hong Kong: Nostalgia Industry and Popular History". Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique vol.9, Duke, 2001. pp.131-159.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical DS501 .P67 v.9, 2001)



  • "Transborder visuality: The cultural transfer between Hong Kong and South China". International Journal of Cultural Studies vol.9, Hong Kong, 2006. pp.347-357.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • 《不夜城 : 晝伏夜出的城市足跡》(與黃培烽合編),香港:Roundtable Publishing,2008。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HT147.C48 B88 2008)



  • 《正一牛王頭 : 七十年代的街童歲月》,香港:次文化有限公司,2006。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UC General Education DS796.H745 M33 2006; UC Language Collection DS796.H745 M33 2006 c.2)



  • 〈後九七香港國族身分變奏〉,《香港社會科學學報》,第二十九期,香港特別行政區,2005,頁93-122。



  • 《後九七香港認同》,香港:Voice,2007。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H745 M325 2007)



  • 〈香港、澳門的廣播電視事業〉(與陳韜文合著),《變遷中的香港、澳門大眾傳播事業》,行政院新聞局編,台灣:行政院新聞局,1996,頁97-134。



  • 《香港・文化・研究》(與吳俊雄及呂大樂合編),香港:香港大學出版社,2006。
    (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)



  • 《香港文化政治》,香港:香港大學出版社,2009。



  • 《香港文化研究》(與吳俊雄及呂大樂合編),香港特別行政區:香港大學出版社,2005。



  • 《香港記憶》,香港:次文化堂,1999。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL PN1992.6 .M28 1999; UL HK Studies PN1992.6 .M28 1999 c.3; CC Reserve 4 hours PN1992.6 .M28 1999 c.2)



  • 《愛國政治審查》(與周佩霞合著),香港:次文化堂,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL DS796.H757 Z677 2005; UL HK Studies DS796.H757 Z677 2005 c.2)



  • 《解讀普及媒介》,香港:次文化有限公司,1996。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL P92.H6 M25 1996; UL HK Studies P92.H6 M25 1996 c.2)



  • 《電視文化理論》Television theories (與孟樊策劃.),台北市:揚智文化事業股份有限公司,1998。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL PN1992.6 .M29 1998)



  • 《電視與文化認同》,香港:突破出版社,1996。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies PN1992.3.H6 M185 1996 c.3; ARL Reserve 4 hours PN1992.3.H6 M185 1996; CC Reserve 4 hours PN1992.3.H6 M185 1996 c.2)



  • 《電視戰國時代》,香港:次文化堂:總經銷利源書報社,1992。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HE8700.9.H6 M25 1992 c.3; UL Reserve 6 hours HE8700.9.H6 M25 1992; UL HK Studies HE8700.9.H6 M25 1992 c.2)


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