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The Creative Industries in Hong Kong and Macau: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Carla DE UTRA MENDES and José Manuel SIMÕES
IJCCI volume 2, issue 1, November 2014

The recent developments in Hong Kong and Macau are aimed at transforming these places, in the greater scheme of China´s reforms in the 21st century, into cities of creativity and entertainment as means of diversifying a rather homogeneous economic landscape. Hong Kong, the “Asia World City”, and Macau, the “Las Vegas of the East”, are making large investments that will lead to major transformations in the cityscape as well as in the type of role that artists play in this equation. In recent years, the boom that we are assisting has created a bloom in both cities, with major brands and celebrities entering the scene, from Karl Lagerfeld to Jamie Oliver. This leads us to ask what the characteristics of the cultural and creative industries within this context are, as well as what can be expected from the recent governmental policies and changes? Since Hong Kong and Macau are the two Special Administrative Regions (SARs), they play an important role in China's diversification and openness to the outside world. What place they will occupy in the future development is an important question that is to be tackled in the dialogue with China.

Keywords: Creative Industries, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Locality, Ambivalence

Category: Industry Insight