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.
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