Gordon Mathews, Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press , pp. N. Jayaram. p. Ghetto at the center of the world: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong – By Gordon Mathews. RUTH E. TOULSON. University of Wyoming. Ghetto at the center of the world: Chungking mansions, Hong. Kong. Leung-sea, Lucia SIU. Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Follow this and additional works at.
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Review Quotes Review Quotes. Photo st Lucy Lou. The final chapter speculates on the future of Chungking Mansions. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. Cultural and Social Anthropology Asian Studies: In a way, this book by Gordon Mathews shows up the frivolity of their stand by highlighting the richness of life in and around Chungking Mansions.
It is also where my literary idol of the moment, Harry Holeis found smoking opium at the beginning of The Leopard.
But surely there would have been examples of abiding friendships and comradely exchanges as well, especially as they have shared languages and cultural and culinary tastes among other things.
In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. Chungking Mansions is a derelict 17 storeys high building located in one of the busiest areas of Hong Kong. Photo by Shin K.
These include traders from sub-Saharan Africa, looking for garments and electronic goods, many of whom purchase as much as they can squeeze in their check-in luggages. Twitter Google Pinterest Reddit Facebook. Mobile phones and garments are the two main items that are being traded mostly through Chungking Mansions, while produced in mainland China across the border.
I stayed in one of the so-called guesthouses there for a few days — and swore to myself never to set foot in the building ever again. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Cebter heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms.
A couple of sentences of his that have been picked up in numerous press reports about the book and his work on Chungking Mansions are quotes from a Pakistani about Indians, to the effect that he does not chjngking them but cannot afford to fight p.
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Chungking Mansions is about 50 years old, and for an East Asian standard, the building is quite old and may be subject to demolition in the near future, despite the fact that the presence of multiple individual owners of flats and shops as well as high building density had defied redevelopment attempts in the past.
For the global city discourse, it has been the uneven shares of finance and business services and corporate headquarters that made cities such as New York, London and Tokyo at the apex of the global city hierarchy.
But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization.
Photo by bricoleurbanism Photo by Shin K Photo by Lucy Lou Matthews explores the building through its history and location, the groups wprld people living there, the goods that pass through it, the laws that govern with much laxity the transactions taking place in the building. Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong.
A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall centet, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. Press Esc to cancel. Learning to Belong to a Nationand coeditor of several books.
Matthews, an anthropologist by training Hyun Bang Shin finds Ghetto at the Center of the World to be a fascinating peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet. The book gives a perspective on globalization i had never heard about before. Travel Writing and Guides.
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A multidisciplinary journal providing analysis of the latest political, economical, social and cultural trends in the Chinese world Publisher: Incidentally, the building recently underwent another round of refurbishment — indicating, perhaps, that it is not ready to be condemned just yet — and copies of the book were distributed to mark the event.
And Foreign Policy has a photo set of CM.