100 Countries: Hong Kong

[For the overall scheme, see here: https://eastwestpsyche.com/2019/02/21/100-countries-project-the-scheme/. Not meant to be comprehensive — but concise.]


Cultural Dimensions


Hofstede Cultural Dimensions

Salient Facts:IMG_1408

  • Chinese inhabitants: primarily Cantonese and Shanghainese
  • Former British territory: Influence of ‘Western’ cultural features
  • Highly internationalised; significant non-Chinese communities: Filipino, Indonesian, Indian (Nepalese, Pakistani)
  • Preservation of Chinese traditions: Did not experience ‘Cultural Revolution’ of China mainland
  • Influence of Hakka nomadic ethnic minority
  • Maritime culture; numerous Taoist shrines to sea goddess Tin Hau

Tips for Better Understanding:SAMSUNG

  • Primary economic growth engine: immigrants from mainland China
  • Primary industry: finance; swiftly emerging as second highest industry: IT; unofficial key ‘industry’: start-up / entrepreneurship
  • English still widely spoken, but Cantonese preferred since 1997 handover (from UK to China) – and Mandarin Chinese rapidly rising
  • “One Country, Two Systems” policy – Hong Kong maintains its own governance, including freedom of speech and press, and right to demonstrate – but, the rapidly increasing influence of Beijing is widely felt
  • Hong Kong is one of the world’s most crowded cities – and also, is 4/5 protected greenspace