Arts and Culture
Swinging culture which flourished in 1960s London owned a distinctive image: young girls with miniskirts by Mary Quant, hair-styles by Vidal Sassoon and rocking bodies under the music of Beatles. Screaming as a “patented soundtrack” of the culture represented youth liberation. The 1960s was the hey-day of swinging London and its influence reached across many cities. Hong Kong, at that time, was a British colony and the influence could be obviously seen in popular films and related magazines. After the comparatively quiet, poor and conservative 1950s, Hong Kong younger generation in the 1960s was ready to join the global youth culture. Yet with a different culture and history, in what ways did Hong Kong receive the Swinging Culture? From what the Hong Kong younger generation wanted to liberate? Furthermore, was the swinging culture really a way for the younger generation to liberate or was it another way for the colonial power to rule? This paper tries to answer these questions by studying Hong Kong cinema and its related products from the 1964 to 1969. The period started with Beatles came to Hong Kong and end with the first “Festival of Hong Kong” organized by the government after the 1967 riot.