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The Road to Paradise

The Road to Paradise

Building the Trans-Asia Highway

(p.155) 5. The Road to Paradise
Saigon's Edge
Erik Harms
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the Trans-Asia Highway project that seeks to create an economic windfall by clearing traffic congestion in and out of the city. It examines the particular role that roads play in Vietnamese social space. It discusses how roads in Vietnam have formed an important yet largely undertheorized element in the social organization of space that needs to be added to accounts of Vietnamese village morphology. The Trans-Asia Highway upgrade was directed by urban, regional, political, and economic planners; financed by the government and the Asian Development Bank; and supported at least ideally by large sectors of the population. However, the continuing expansion of the road demands the obliteration of the local space it has helped to produce.

Keywords:   Trans-Asia Highway, traffic congestion, Vietnamese roads, social space, Vietnam, economic planners

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