The Other Kuala Lumpur: Living in the Shadows of a Globalising Southeast Asian City

1st Edition

Yeoh Seng Guan

Routledge
Published July 20, 2016
Reference - 224 Pages - 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138205925 - CAT# Y289602
Series: Routledge Malaysian Studies Series

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Summary

Kuala Lumpur, like many Southeast Asian cities, has changed very significantly in the last two or three decades – expanding its size, and 'modernising' and 'globalising' its built environment. For many people these changes represent 'progress' and 'development'. This book, however, focuses on the more marginalised residents of Kuala Lumpur. Among others, it considers street hawkers and vendors, refugees, the urban poor, religious minorities and a sexuality rights group, and explores how their everyday lives have been adversely affected by these recent changes. The book shows how urban renewal, the law and ethno-religious nationalism can work against these groups in wanting to live and work in the capital city of Malaysia.

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