Archiving Asian Cities Amidst Time in Motion

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

Overview:

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?

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION

The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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