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The functions of Hong Kong's Chinese history, from colonialism to decolonization

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Abstract:

This paper examines the nature and socio-political functions of Hong Kong's 'Chinese history curriculum' during colonialism and since decolonization and argues that these functions have resulted in a curriculum characterized by rote-learning and geared towards social control. Students are initiated into the traditional, orthodox view of Chinese history and prescribed moral judgements. Consequently, there is little chance for independent thinking on the part of students.

Keywords: Chinese history; Han-centred; Hong Kong; moralizing; orthodox history; social control

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220271003599165

Affiliations: Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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