student profile: Miss Stella Wang


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Thesis work

Thesis title: A Colonial Childhood- Identity, Space, and Everyday Life: Growing up in Hong Kong 1921-1941

Supervisors: Timothy ALLENDER , Helen PROCTOR

Thesis abstract:

My study aims to uncover children’s everyday life in colonial Hong Kong (1921-1941). Most specifically, it explores the interactions of identity and space in children’s everyday life. How children form gender and ethnic identities in their everyday lived spaces, such as home, school, and the places where they worked, is the key driving question of this study. As a childhood study situated in a historical context, this study draws upon oral and autobiographical accounts of childhood, and supplements life-histories with a range of sources such as state records, school records, newspapers, and magazines, so to illustrate a fuller picture of children’s everyday life in the interwar years in Hong Kong.«br /» «br /» Concerning conceptual framework, this study approaches children as users of Hong Kong’s urban space, and that their everyday life both shaped and was shaped by the physical and social dimensions of the urban space. Their childhood, therefore, will be examined as a sociohistorical construct; as a process; and an embodied spatial experience. Specifically, this study will argue that childhood experience is deeply embedded in the social and historical processes where their growing up takes place; children are active participants in the production, reproduction and transformation of society, their childhood forms part of larger process of sociohistorical transformation; and that children as users of urban space, embody the social relations their lived spaces contained.«br /»

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