About 20 years ago, the typical question about Hong Kong culture might have dwelled on whether there’s a lingering presence of British colonial rule.

This question is hardly the one to ask today (in Gordon Price’s words, “not so much“); rather, what are the effects of globalization on this city of 7.4 million, the fourth-most densely-populated city in the world?

Photos and thoughts from our editor-in-chief below — among other things, he’s finding a set of values and concerns that might ring familiar to North Americans: housing affordability concerns, strong commitment to public works, an even stronger commitment to retail consumption, and architecture that, at the very least, makes you stop and think — “where have I seen this before?”

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