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Messy UrbanismUnderstanding the "Other" Cities of Asia$
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Manish Chalana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208333

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208333.001.0001

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Little Manila: The Other Central of Hong Kong

Little Manila: The Other Central of Hong Kong

(p.119) Chapter 7 Little Manila: The Other Central of Hong Kong
Messy Urbanism

Daisy Tam

Hong Kong University Press

The Central district in Hong Kong is a scene of wealth and prosperity, a glamorous picture of the vivacious city and those who live within it. Against this overwhelming cityscape, a striking transformation takes place every Sunday. Picnic rugs and vibrant dresses bring colour to the usual sea of dark suits of the week; while music and lively banter replace the dull march of heels on marbled surfaces. Underneath the imposing government and office towers, thousands of domestic workers from the Philippines congregate on their day off. Beneath the arches of Norman Foster’s HSBC building, on the overhead walkways that connect office towers, Statue Square and Chater garden, passageways become destinations. This chapter first traces the various geographies of Little Manila, bringing the lenses to examine the activities, economies and exchanges that take place through Michel de Certeau’s work on The Practice of Everyday Life. The second section looks at the Filipino population and its relation to Hong Kong, engaging with Michel Serres’ work on The Parasite as a new theoretical tool that could offer an alternative perspective of the fluid relations between places, people and relationships at different junctures.

Keywords:   Everyday, Michel de Certeau, Parasite, Michel Serres, Little Manila, Hong Kong

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