By Janet Ng
Materially grounded research of latest movie, literature, and song in Hong Kong that resists the superficial stereotypes of the “global city.”
Hong Kong is frequently forged within the position of the paradigmatic “global city,” epitomizing postmodernism and globalization, and representing a imaginative and prescient of a worldly international and capitalist destiny. In Paradigm City, Janet Ng takes us previous the obsession with 1997—the yr of Hong Kong’s go back to China—to specialize in the advanced makes use of and meanings of city house in Hong Kong within the interval following that move. She demonstrates how the layout and ordering of the city’s area and the practices it helps inculcates a specific civic aesthetic between Hong Kong’s inhabitants that corresponds to capitalist in addition to nationalist ideologies. Ng’s insightful connections among modern movie, literature, tune and different media and the particular areas of the city—such as parks, buying department stores, and family spaces—provide a wealthy and nuanced photo of Hong Kong today.
“…Paradigm urban is friendly studying and conveys relatively comprehensively the complicated socio-political dynamics of a urban that has but to discover a transparent identification in the middle of a likely endless transition.” — China Journal
“…covers a lot in a particularly attention-grabbing way.” — CHOICE