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National Communication Association 2020 Conference


Hong Kong protestors fight for a local citizen identity that is anchored in physical places and limited by time. They adopted symbols that draw on public memory and vandalized those of mainland Chinese hegemony. However, these local symbols are embedded with, layered over, and enabled by global capitalism fueled by Chinese finance capital. The sense of urgency and immediacy felt by protestors also reinforce the anticipated short-term market returns of Chinese hi-tech companies listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Finding justice for Hong Kong protestors requires an examination of finance capital that flows through global cities.

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Communication & Journalism Department

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