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Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date June 30, 2011
Pages 241
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226510200
ISBN-10 0226510204
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $19.00
Other format details university press
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There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet.

But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. A world away from the gleaming headquarters of multinational corporations, Chungking Mansions is emblematic of the way globalization actually works for most of the world’s people. Gordon Mathews’s intimate portrayal of the building’s polyethnic residents lays bare their intricate connections to the international circulation of goods, money, and ideas. We come to understand the day-to-day realities of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families. And we see that this so-called ghetto—which inspires fear in many of Hong Kong’s other residents, despite its low crime rate—is not a place of darkness and desperation but a beacon of hope.

Gordon Mathews’s compendium of riveting stories enthralls and instructs in equal measure, making Ghetto at the Center of the World not just a fascinating tour of a singular place but also a peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet.



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9780226510194 | details & prices | 241 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $67.00
About: There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district.
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (June 30, 2011)
9780226510200 | details & prices | 241 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $19.00
About: There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district.

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