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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References Bibliographical reference N. A multidisciplinary journal providing analysis of the latest political, economical, social and cultural trends in the Chinese world Publisher: A Note on Hong Kong. A Political Icon for an Age of Prosperity.

In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. Image wold Gerald Figal.

Discussions have evolved around the issue of identifying what makes world-class or global cities. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Ghetto at the Center of the World

While these approaches allow us to see how cities as strategic sites of capital accumulation and knowledge production emerge as key players in the global economy, they may pose two problems. We use cookies on this site to understand how you use our content, and to give you the best browsing experience.

Toulson Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Skip to content Ghetto at the Center of the World: Oil and Water Tom Cliff. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, 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.

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong, Mathews

He says that once he, an American, ended up conversing with a Bangladeshi and a Cameroonian at a dinner table in the building, in Japanese pp. 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 ghehto the apex of the global city hierarchy.


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Cheap labour is also provided by asylum seekers who work illegally while waiting for their asylum applications to be processed by the UNHCR Hong Kong office or the Hong Kong government itself. Berfrois has an excerpt of the book. University of Chicago Press Amazon. Full text PDF Send by e-mail. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This was a great book about Globalization and how commerce from one building can have influence around the world.

Gordon Mathews, Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Contents A Note on Hong Kong. Photo by Lucy Lou. The mall in the ground floor of Chungking Mansion. The people in the building are mostly tourists, businesspeople, migrant workers, local shoppers and diners themselves representing many different nationalities and national originsand asylum seekers.

Browse Index Authors Index by keyword. Check out my full video review Here: Outside the USA, see our international sales information. To me, the main highlight is Chapter 2 on people. The personal stories collected from the traders, shopkeepers, asylum-seekers and other people who pass through the building make the book even more engaging.

We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families.

Read more reviews by Hyun. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Photo by bricoleurbanism Photo by Shin K Photo by Lucy Lou Matthews ot the building through its history and location, the groups of people living there, the goods that pass wkrld it, the laws that govern with much laxity the transactions taking place in the building. Copies of brand-name goods or original but out-of-season warehoused goods get traded mostly in small scales ghftto the merchants to carry them in their check-in luggages.


In this process, cities that do not conform to the growth model of cities in the developed Masions are often treated as unique or extraordinary. 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.

In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. Photo on the homepage by Shin-K.

I read the book from cover to cover over the weekend. Similarly, the literature on world cities positions cities in the hierarchy of cities network on the basis of how cities have come to possess capacity to generate knowledge flows. But surely there would have been examples of abiding friendships and comradely exchanges as well, ghettoo as they have shared languages and cultural and culinary tastes among other things.

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But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side centter globalization. Lee The China Quarterly.

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