Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Global Hub, 1930s1998
In this engaging new study, John D. Wong examines the Canton trade networks that helped to shape the modern world through the lens of the prominent Chinese merchant Houqua, whose trading network and financial connections stretched from China to In...
Hong Kong Takes Flight successfully amalgamates aviation history with colonial and business historyVigorously respond[s] to the call for putting the history of flight into a wider contextDeserve[s] praise for highlighting aviations crucial role in forging new identities amid dramatic geopolitical change. -- Jrgen P. Melzer * Technology and Culture * John Wong tells a fascinating story of the metamorphosis of commercial aviation in colonial Hong Kong and how the remarkable transformation helps shed light on the intersection of changing regional politico-economic dynamics, on the one hand, and intensifying globalizing processes, on the other. While there are not a few studies with Global and Hong Kong in their titles, as far as I am aware Wongs is the first serious scholarly study that explicitly connects these two lines of inquiry. What distinguishes Wongs study is his deft use of a variety of archives [and his] uncanny ability to weave together many seldom-told stories based on disparate archival materials. -- Robert Bickers, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of History, University of Bristol Hong Kongs development from major seaport to global aviation hub was not predetermined. The citys newly autonomous colonial administrators and its famed corporate agility leveraged contingent historical and geopolitical circumstances to make it. Wong reveals with clarity and detail how Hong Kong was not only made into a global aviation hub, but also how that hub remade identities and interests in the city. -- Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Family Distinguished Professor, Duke University A fascinating story of the metamorphosis of commercial aviation in colonial Hong Kong and a timely reminder that Hong Kong as a global hub was made, not born. -- Leo K. Shin, Convenor of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative, University of British Columbia
John D. Wong is Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong.