Paradigm City: Space, Culture, and Capitalism in Hong Kong

Paradigm City: Space, Culture, and Capitalism in Hong Kong

by Janet Ng

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Overview

Hong Kong is often cast in the role of the paradigmatic "global city," epitomizing postmodernism and globalization, and representing a vision of a cosmopolitan global and capitalist future. In Paradigm City, Janet Ng takes us past the obsession with 1997-the year of Hong Kong's return to China-to focus on the complex uses and meanings of urban space in Hong Kong in the period following that transfer. She demonstrates how the design and ordering of the city's space and the practices it supports inculcates a particular civic aesthetic among Hong Kong's population that corresponds to capitalist as well as nationalist ideologies. Ng's insightful connections between contemporary film, literature, music, and other media and the actual spaces of the city-such as parks, shopping malls, and domestic spaces-provide a rich and nuanced picture of Hong Kong today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791477229
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Janet Ng is Associate Professor of Asian Literature at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island and author of The Experience of Modernity: Chinese Autobiography of the Early Twentieth Century.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 "World Suicide Capital" 19

2 Walking Down Memory Lane: On the Streets of the Hong Kong History Museum's Paradigm City 43

3 Quality Citizens in Public Spaces 65

4 The World Emporium and the Mall City 89

5 Body Weight, Responsible Citizenship, and Women's Social Space 113

6 Repatriating from Globalization 139

Conclusion 163

Notes 167

Bibliography 187

Index 197

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