Policing the Others: Cultural Studies of Police Work in Relation to Human Rights Politics in Hong Kong


In contributing to the “reinvention of Cultural Studies” (Grossberg, 2006:8), this paper makes an attempt in building up the linkage between human rights and Cultural Studies by analyzing the alleged human rights violation by police towards ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. This study focuses on the controversial Limbu Case, in which a Nepalese man named Limbu Dil Bahadur was shot dead by a police constable in Hong Kong on March 17, 2009 (court case codes: CCDI 298/2009, HCAL 85/2010, DCPI 570/2012). By conducting a court case analysis in conjunction with cultural theory and legal theory, this study employs critical race theory to decode the discourses of racialization and public order often found in racially biased cases of police abuse. Other than a combined cultural-legal analysis, this paper engages with the media representations of encounters between police officers and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, especially the local newspaper portrayals of crime-related incidents in which South Asians are depicted to be involved in. The cultural-legal and representational analyses allow us to look into the highly-technical discourses in the legal system as well as to deconstruct representations in shaping the public discourse.

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Angus Siu-Cheong Li, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

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Conference: ACCS2018
Stream: Cultural Studies

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