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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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The Production of Space in Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei

The Production of Space in Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei

(p.1) Introduction The Production of Space in Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter provides a background to the histories and fictional representations of the urban transformation in Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. After decolonization, the three Asian countries displayed incredible rates of economic growth and led the way in industrial development outside the West. According to Marxian economist Samir Amin, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan became the “good pupils” of third world development. The chapter concludes with an analysis of arguments about the massive shift in urban forms that produce a particular kind of fictional text, which foregrounds the complex realities and conflicts within the three Asian countries.

Keywords:   Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, decolonization, economic growth, industrial development, Samir Amin, third world development

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