When a Hong Kong artist recently performed in a variety show in mainland China and was introduced as coming from the “Greater Bay Area” (GBA), it sparked a public discussion about regional identity. The GBA, a national strategy, covers the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau and the nine cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province, which aims to promote regional economic development and integration.
From the perspective of show production, such a description may stem from the promotion of the overall image of the GBA and the emphasis on regional integration. This not only demonstrates the trend of economic and cultural integration in the GBA, but also reflects respect and acceptance for the diverse cultures within the region.
However, such a description may also provoke reflection among Hong Kong artists and citizens. Whether they accept being seen as part of the GBA may involve their own thoughts and positioning about their identity. This also reflects the complex relationship and identity issues between Hong Kong and the mainland.
Finally, it is important to emphasize that although the cities within the GBA have significant historical, cultural, and institutional differences, the emotional differences among the citizens in this region are not great. They share a similar rhythm of life, expectations for the future, and love for their hometown. This shared sentiment contributes to the integration and development of the GBA, bringing a unique charm to this region.