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 solid within the position of the paradigmatic “global city,” epitomizing postmodernism and globalization, and representing a imaginative and prescient of a worldly worldwide and capitalist destiny. In Paradigm City, Janet Ng takes us earlier the obsession with 1997—the 12 months of Hong Kong’s go back to China—to specialise in the complicated 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 house 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 household spaces—provide a wealthy and nuanced photograph of Hong Kong today.
“…Paradigm urban is friendly analyzing and conveys fairly comprehensively the advanced socio-political dynamics of a urban that has but to discover a transparent identification in the middle of a doubtless unending transition.” — China Journal
“…covers a lot in a particularly fascinating way.” — CHOICE