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C. J. W.-L. Wee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098596

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098596.001.0001

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The Asian Modern

C. J. W.-L. Wee

Hong Kong University Press

This book focuses on the modernization processes for the postcolonial societies in Asia. Its focus is directed mainly toward Singapore, a developed city that has contributed to the now-established image and concept of Asian modern urban formation. This Asian modernity in many respects is an image of East meets West in which the centre and the periphery and the old and the new are interspersed. By looking at Singapore, the question of why the East Asian modern is usually perceived as an inauthentic and distorted form of modernity is addressed and answered.

Keywords:   modernization processes, postcolonial societies, Asia, Singapore, urban formation, Asian modernity, East Asia, inauthentic modernity, modernity

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