GHETTO at the Center of the World – HKU Press Review

GHETTO at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Gordon Mathews

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Chinese edition of GHETTO at the Center of the World (世界中心的貧民窟) is voted top 11 of the Seventh Hong Kong Book Prize.

Interview with Gordon Mathews on RTHK (from 35:10 in Part 4.)
Gordon Mathews talked about the book at ChinaFileChungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district, is home to a remarkably motley group of people. Traders, laborers, and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there, and even backpacking tourists rent rooms in what is possibly the most globalized spot on the plan­et. But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, the Mansions is a world away from the gleaming headquarters of mul­tinational corporations — instead it epitomizes the way globaliza­tion actually works for most of the world’s people. Through candid sto­ries that both instruct and enthrall, Gordon Mathews lays bare the building’s residents’ intricate con­nections to the international circu­lation of goods, money, and ideas.
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