By Gordon Mathews, Tai-lok Lui
This booklet indicates how the distinctive ehtnographic learn of intake in Hong Kong can result in a deeper realizing of Hong Kong existence as an entire, in addition to of intake on the earth at large.
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But for those growing up in the 1960s, the first visit to Ocean Terminal was like coming to a dream world — unending corridors, unlimited exhibits, and colourful displays of upmarket and luxurious commodities and services. As long as you could afford the price, any person, whether tourist or local, prestigious or unknown, could dive into this environment of material affluence. This rightly matched the psychological needs of a hard-working, shrewd generation — they came to recognize the function of spending m o n e y , a n d l e a r n t t h e s o c i a l i m p l i c a t i o n s of c o n s p i c u o u s consumption, and the satisfaction and pride derived from looking and being looked at.