Heteroglossic Asia: The Transformation of Urban Taiwan

1st Edition

Francis Chia-Hui Lin

Published August 4, 2016
Reference - 170 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138217003 - CAT# Y291145
Series: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

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Heteroglossic Asia presents an analysis of geographic, historical, cultural, economic, spatial and political factors underlying Taiwan’s maritime urbanity by means of case studies based on Taipei and Kaohsiung; two cities which represent the multi-accentual character of Taiwan’s urban environment and its recent changes and development through architecture.

Focussing on the concept of a heteroglossic Asia Pacific, exemplified by the analysis of Taiwan’s urban transformation, the study argues that Taiwan’s urban environment shows a form of intended "fuzziness" which cannot be described as resting on either a simplified nationalist base or chaotic societal anxiety. Rather, this form lies between binary poles: autocracy and democracy, nation state and day-to-day life, top-down and bottom-up orientations, orthodoxy and hybridisation.


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