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Dr Paul O'Connor
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  1. Congratulations to Professor Gordon Mathews who has won the 7th Hong Kong Book Prize for his book “Ghetto at the Center of the World” on Chungking Mansions.

     
     
  2. A new article on Chungking Mansions from the BBC. I had the pleasure of meeting with Helier Cheung whilst she was working on this story. She was able to meet a great variety of the people connected to this endlessly fascinating building.

    A new article on Chungking Mansions from the BBC. I had the pleasure of meeting with Helier Cheung whilst she was working on this story. She was able to meet a great variety of the people connected to this endlessly fascinating building.

     
     
  3. Some pictures from my last visit to Chungking Mansions.

     
     
  4. After class today I popped up briefly onto the roof of Chungking Mansions. It is not unalike any other roof in Hong Kong, but ti does have some interesting views. I particularly like these shots of the island in the background and the ominous clouds.

     
     
  5. This blog posting by Amy Li delivers us back to the classic and crude stereotypes of Chungking Mansions that in recent years have become harder to discern. It rides off the rather tragic tail of a Beijing student who was recently raped in one of the hostels. Li links to the story, which was only picked up by the Standard and not the SCMP.

    Just last week someone emailed me to ask when was the edifice of the building refurbished. They were a little concerned that the old seedy CM was slipping away. 

    Li’s blog posting in the SCMP brings back the blurry volatile ambiguity of Chungking Mansions for another generation of backpackers. This new generation come from the Mainland and are taking the opportunity to get  a slice of Hong Kong movie infamy (do note a stone’s throw from the avenue of stars), and cheap accommodation. Saving perhaps extra cash to spend across the road in Ocean Terminal.

    Many have learned much more about Chungking Mansions in the light of Gordon Mathews book. A text that offers only a passing glance at Chungking Express noting that it is most unrepresentative of life inside the great building. The building itself has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in the last few years. However, as Li’s story aptly shows, reputations are hard to shake.

     
     
  6. Gordon Mathews’ book on Chungking Mansions has been translated into Chinese. Hot off the presses.
It looks like there may be more translations to come. I have heard rumours of a Dutch translation. The interest in the work internationally speaks to the infamy to which Chungking Mansions has achieved with tourists and traders passing through the territory.
More here

    Gordon Mathews’ book on Chungking Mansions has been translated into Chinese. Hot off the presses.

    It looks like there may be more translations to come. I have heard rumours of a Dutch translation. The interest in the work internationally speaks to the infamy to which Chungking Mansions has achieved with tourists and traders passing through the territory.

    More here

     
     
  7. Around TST tonight. Flaneur.

     
     
  8. This new book on ‘Globalization from Below’ has just been released and has been edited by Gordon Mathews author of ‘Ghetto at the Center of the World’ it looks to be a very interesting title.
I got word of it some time ago and received a new notification today from Hong Kong Anthropological Society. It contained a link to Yang Yang’s blog. A former MA student in Anthropology at CUHK, she has an interesting and engaging blog. Her research on Afircans in Guanzhou is also fascinating. She contributes an article to the book also.
People interested in globalization, anthropology and sociology should definitely check it out.

    This new book on ‘Globalization from Below has just been released and has been edited by Gordon Mathews author of ‘Ghetto at the Center of the World’ it looks to be a very interesting title.

    I got word of it some time ago and received a new notification today from Hong Kong Anthropological Society. It contained a link to Yang Yang’s blog. A former MA student in Anthropology at CUHK, she has an interesting and engaging blog. Her research on Afircans in Guanzhou is also fascinating. She contributes an article to the book also.

    People interested in globalization, anthropology and sociology should definitely check it out.

     
     
  9. Old business cards for Chungking House hotel

     
     
  10. A great and pithy little article. It will resonate with anyone who has read Gordon’s book. 

    This also coincides nicely with the release of the Chinese online NY Times going live.