Prof. Hyunjung Lee1, Dr. Jane Yeang Chui Wong2, Dr. Shu-yi Wang3, Dr. Chao Long4
1Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan, 2Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore, 3Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan, 4Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China
Chair: Hyunjung Lee
This panel explores different modalities of reading and recording the highly developed urban locales of the Asian Tigers. These cities—Seoul (South Korea), Singapore, Hong Kong, and Hsinchu (Taiwan)—are places that still hover around the remnants of colonization, remaining structures of the Cold War, and the aftermath of massive industrialization. As most of the residents in these locales dwell simultaneously in various temporal states and unresolved moments in history, one of the aims of this project is to allow one to see how these urban spaces reactivate the past and produce the new “real” in our present.
Within this frame we ask: How can memories be institutionalized and performed through urban edifice? How do we track down the urban scape of the Asians cities, which has gone through so many stages of distortion as well as evolution? How do the State or other mainstream institutions attempt to mythologize or fabricate the city’s history in the name of upholding national heritage?