1st Edition

Making Cultural Cities in Asia Mobility, assemblage, and the politics of aspirational urbanism

Edited By June Wang, Tim Oakes, Yang Yang Copyright 2016
    272 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the vast and largely uncharted world of cultural/creative city-making in Asia. It explores the establishment of policy models and practices against the backdrop of a globalizing world, and considers the dynamic relationship between powerful actors and resources that impact Asian cities.

    Making Cultural Cities in Asia approaches this dynamic process through the lens of assemblage: how the policy models of cultural/creative cities have been extracted from the flow of ideas, and how re-invented versions have been assembled, territorialized, and exported. This approach reveals a spectrum between globally circulating ideals on the one hand, and the place-based contexts and contingencies on the other. At one end of the spectrum, this book features chapters on policy mobility, in particular the political construction of the "web" of communication and the restructuring or rescaling of the state. At the other end, chapters examine the increasingly fragmented social forces, their changing roles in the process, and their negotiations, alignments, and resistances.

    This book will be of interest to researchers and policy-makers concerned with cultural and urban studies, creative industries and Asian studies.

    Introduction Tim Oakes and Jun Wang Part I Assembling new models: Global networks and state aspirations 1. Creative clusters in Shanghai: transnational intermediaries and the creative economy Justin O’connor And Xin Gu 2. Local planning practices and institutional innovation of the creative city: the case of Taipei city Cheng-Yi Lin 3. Sub-national neoliberalism through city restructuring and policy boosterism: A case of Hyderabad, India Diganta Kumar Das 4. Arts districts or art-themed parks: arts districts repurposed by/for Chinese governments Yueming Zhang 5. Spaces of restriction and leisure: Seoul’s vision of the creative city Jay Bowen 6. Housing the arts in a developmental state: Renaissance City Singapore T.C. Chang 7. Staging the glorious past: Han-Tang culture as a governing technique in Xi’an, China Yang Yang 8. Worlding through shanzhai: the evolving art cluster of Dafen in Shenzhen, China Jun Wang Part II Encountering the Cultural/Creative City: Negotiation, Resistance, and Community Aspirations 9. Accessing spaces, negotiating boundaries: the struggle between cultural policies and creative practices in Malaysia Joanne B.Y. Lim 10. Global knowledge and local practices: reinventing cultural policy in Busan, South Korea Se Hoon Park 11. "Creative class" subversions: art spaces in Beijing and Berlin Julie Ren 12. Making cultures and places from below: new urban activism in Hong Kong Agnes Shuk-Mei Ku 13. The cultural grassroots and the authoritarian city: spaces of contestation in Singapore Jason Luger 14. Everyday life of the working class in Mumbai: Transformation, city branding, and gentrification Dwiparna Chatterjee Afterword Creative city policy and social resistance Margit Mayer


    June Wang is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Public Policy at City University of Hong Kong.

    Tim Oakes is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

    Yang Yang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.