Gabriele de Seta & Francesca Olivotti: Postcolonial Posts on Colonial Pasts Constructing Hong Kong nostalgia on social media

Hong Kong nostalgia has become a trademark aesthetic in representations of the city from literature and cinema to branding and advertising. This article traces the social construction of Hong Kong nostalgia back to digital media platforms and the everyday activities of users sharing and commenting historical images and textual memories related to the city’s colonial past. In dialogue with recent scholarship on time, media and memory, the authors identify a large Facebook group dedicated to the city’s colonial times and follow the activities of its members through qualitative methodologies guided by a network sensibility. By engaging with the circulation of historical photographs, personal narratives and material culture; and by examining the media practices involved in sharing and reconstructing local memories, the authors provide an ethnographically grounded portrayal of how everyday social media interactions contribute to a larger process of nostalgizing the city.

Marek Jeziński & Łukasz Wojtkowski: Nostalgia Commodified Towards the marketization of the post-communist past through the new media

In this paper post-communist nostalgia in contemporary Poland as a specific form of cultural practice is examined. The phenomenon is characterized by the references to space, time, people and human activities evoking nostalgic feelings and emotions rooted in past of a particular human group and it is defined through the media practices as a certain kind of product functioning in and by the media.
The post-communist nostalgia is presented as a kind of folklore that functions mainly in the new media as a sphere of cultural commodity of emotions and is manifested by the internet blogs, shops (one can obtain the communist era products), ‘memory’ sites profiled to bring the recollections from the communist past (virtual museums, fora discussing TV shows, TV series, toys, books, products, etc. coming from the 1970. decade), websites chatting about people (politicians, artists, sportsmen), places or events coming from the socialist era.

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