Asian Cities: Colonial to Global

Edited by Gregory Bracken

Asian Cities: Colonial to Global

Edited by Gregory Bracken

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

376 pages | 82 halftones, 9 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089649317 Published September 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
When people look at success stories among postcolonial nations, the focus almost always turns to Asia, where many cities in former colonies have become key locations of international commerce and culture. This book brings together a stellar group of scholars from a number of disciplines to explore the rise of Asian cities, including Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and more. Dealing with history, geography, culture, architecture, urbanism, and other topics, the book attempts to formulate a new understanding of what makes Asian cities such global leaders.
Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
Asian Cities: Colonial to Global
Gregor y Bracken
 
Part One: Post-colonialism
1 Gambling, City, Nation
Popular Illegality and Nation Building in Singapore, 1960s-1980s
Kah-Wee Lee
 
2 The Death of the Pasar Malam
The Counterpoint to Development in the Singapore Story
Elmo Gonzaga
 
3 Artifice and Authenticity
Postcolonial Urbanism in Macau
Thomas Daniell
 
4 Urban Art Images and the Concerns of Mainlandization in Hong Kong
Minna Valjakka
 
Part Two: Networks
5 Honkon Nippo and Hong Kong-Japan Relations
Re-examining the Geopolitical Position of Colonial Hong Kong in East Asia before the End of World War II
Wilson Wai Shing Lee
 
6 Chain Reactions
Japanese Colonialism and Global Cosmopolitanism in East Asia
Faye Yuan Kleeman
 
7 Old Networks with New Users
Mapping Global Mobility between Dongguan and Hong Kong
Max Hirsh
 
8 Asian Cities in the Global Maritime Network since the Late Nineteenth Century
César Ducruet
 
9 Back to the Future
Feasible Cost-Sharing Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca
Senia Febrica
 
Part Three: Cities and Buildings
10 Rallying Towards the Nation
Theatre of Nation Building in Post-colonial Dhaka
Kishwar Habib and Bruno De Meulder
 
11 Selectively Connected
New Songdo and the Production of Global Space
Bridget Martin
 
12 The Vernacular and the Spectacular
Urban Identity and Architectural Heritage in Southeast Asian Cities
Rita Padawangi
 
13 Heritage in Times of Rapid Transformation
A Tale of Two Cities – Yangon and Hanoi
William Logan
 
14 Small-scale, Bottom-up
Cosmopolitan Linkages Reglobalizing Shanghai’s City Centre
Ying Zhou
 
Conclusion
Global Cities in Asia
Gregor y Bracken
 
Contributors
Bibliography
Index
Figures
Review Quotes
Michael E. Leary-Owhin, London South Bank University
"For continents and cities in the Global South, this is a challenging but exciting period indeed, so the book Asian Cities: Colonial to Global is certainly timely. . . . Bracken has assembled a highly knowledgeable, diverse range of authors. . . A worthwhile read."
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