Book – The New Asian City

13 Jan

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A book that can be of some interest to the ones willing to understand contemporary asian cities like Seoul, Taipei and Singapore. The book is called “The New Asian City. Three-dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form”, and is written by Jini Kim Watson. More about it on University of Minnesota Press website.

More from the book cover:

Under Jini Kim Watson’s scrutiny, the Asian Tiger metropolises of Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore reveal a surprising residue of the colonial environment. Drawing on a wide array of literary, filmic, and political works, and juxtaposing close readings ofthe built environment, Watson demonstrates how processes of migration and construction in the hypergrowth urbanscapes of the Pacific Rim crystallize thepsychic and political dramas of their colonized past and globalized present.

Tracing the way newly constructed spaces—including expressways, high-rises, factory zones, and department stores—become figured within cultural texts, TheNew Asian City explores how urban transformations were rationalized, perceived, and fictionalized. Watson shows how literature, film, and poetry have described and challenged contemporary Asian metropolises, especially around the formation of gendered and laboring subjects in these new spaces. She suggests that by embracing the postwar growth-at-any-cost imperative, they have buttressed thenationalist enterprise along neocolonial lines.

The New Asian City
 provides an innovative approach to how we might better understand the gleaming metropolises of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, it demonstrates how reading cultural production in conjunction with built environments can enrich our knowledge of the lived consequences of rapid economic and urban development.

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