Defying disappearance: cosmopolitan public spaces in Hong Kong

Law, Lisa (2010) Defying disappearance: cosmopolitan public spaces in Hong Kong. In: Orum, Anthony M., and Neal, Zachary P., (eds.) Common Ground? Readings and reflections on public space. Metropolis and modern life . Routledge, New York, pp. 129-140.

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Questions of the use of public space take place not only in the parks, plazas, and sidewalks of Western cities, but in cities around the world. In this selection, Lisa Law examines how local residents use certain central and significant public plazas in Hong Kong. Many recent immigrants, especially female domestic workers, like to use a central downtown area, known as Statue Square, to gather and socialize on Sundays. But the authorities have begun to resist these efforts, and to make it difficult for the women to engage in such gatherings. Law argues that there will be growing pressure on local authorities to make these kinds of spaces available to people, as major metropolitan areas like Hong Kong become the favored destination of immigrants.

Item ID: 40330
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-99689-1
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 02:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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