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Author Mathews, Gordon

Title Ghetto at the center of the world : Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong / Gordon Mathews

Publ Info Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
 RIC  DS796.H78 C48 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DS796.H78 C48 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xi, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Note on Hong Kong -- Place. Introducing Chungking Mansions ; "Ghetto at the center of the world" ; Why Chungking Mansions exists and why it matters ; The building ; History ; Owners' association ; Business ; My own involvement -- People. Traders ; Owners and managers ; Temporary workers ; Asylum seekers ; Domestic helpers ; Sex workers ; Heroin addicts ; Tourists ; How these different groups interact -- Goods. The passage of goods in Chungking Mansions ; Selling goods ; Taking advantage of buyers ; Copy goods ; Manufacturers and middlemen ; Tricks and travails of a phone stall ; Varieties of traders ; The generation gap among traders ; Techniques of traders ; The lure of China ; The perils of customs ; The significance of goods and traders -- Laws. The omnipresent shadow of the law ; Conflicts within and beyond the law ; The role of police ; Visas and residence rights ; Asylum seekers and the law ; "Real" and "fake" asylum seekers ; The lives of asylum seekers ; The changing treatment of asylum seekers ; Future. Changing imaginations of Chungking Mansions ; How Chungking Mansions transforms people ; Cultural identity ; Global significance ; The future of Chungking Mansions / the future of the world
LC subject Chongqing da sha (Hong Kong, China)
Multipurpose buildings -- China -- Hong Kong
Guesthouses -- China -- Hong Kong
City dwellers -- China -- Hong Kong
Minorities -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong (China) -- Commerce
Alt Title Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
ISBN 9780226510194 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226510200 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0226510190 (cloth. : alk. paper)
0226510204 (pbk. : alk. paper)