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Post-Beijing 2008: Geopolitics, Sport and the Pacific Rim

By J. A. Mangan,Fan Hong
  • ISBN Code: : 1317966082
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 344
  • Category : Political Science
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In 2008, as few in the world are unaware, China was host to the world via the Beijing Olympics. The world watched the metamorphosis of Beijing from insecure capital to confident metropolis but, aware of it or not, the world was also watching the symbolic assertion, via the Games, of a rising superpower. The Pacific Rim will be the stage on which China initially displays its new hegemonic intentions, aspirations and ambitions. Thus in Post-Beijing 2008, the political, economic and cultural impact of Beijing 2008 on the geopolitical future of the Pacific Rim will be discussed. This perspective, analysed by some of the most distinguished academic commentators from some of the world's leading universities who are closely associated with the Pacific Rim (East and West), is original in focus and the analysis is pregnant with political possibilities. This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

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This insightful book provides a comprehensive survey of urban development in Hong Kong since 1841. Pui-yin Ho explores the ways in which the social, economic and political environments of different eras have influenced the city's development. From colonial governance, wartime experiences, high density development and the return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 through to contemporary challenges, this book explores forward-looking ideas that urban planning can offer to lead the city in the future. Evaluating the relationship between town planning and social change, this book looks at how a local Hong Kong identity emerged in the face of conflict and compromise between Chinese and European cultures. In doing so, it brings a fresh perspective to urban research, providing historical context and direction for the future development of the city. Hong Kong's urban development experience offers not only a model for other Chinese cities but also a better understanding of Asian cities more broadly.Urban studies scholars will find this an exemplary case study of a developing urban landscape. Town planners and architects will also benefit from reading this comprehensive book as it shows how Hong Kong can be taken to the next stage of urban development and modernisation.

Globalizing South China

By Carolyn Cartier
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1444399241
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 377
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This insightful account demonstrates that capitalism in China has a history and a geography, and combines perspectives from both to demonstrate that regional economic restructuring in South China is far from an economic 'miracle's. Find out more information about the RGS-IBG journals by following the links below: AREA: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0004-0894 The Geographical Journal: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0016-7398 Transactions of the Insititute of British Geographers: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0020-2754

Aerotropolis

By John Kasarda
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  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Book Code : 0143186361
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 288
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Aerotropolis is the groundbreaking account of a development that is transforming the way cities are built and the way business is conducted from Vancouver to Singapore and from Dubai to Denver. John Kasarda invented the term "aerotropolis" to describe the combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility, and business hub that will connect the world's economies in the coming phase of globalization. With business writer Greg Lindsay, he draws on a decade's worth of cutting-edge research to offer a visionary look at how the metropolis of the future will change the face of our physical world and the nature of global enterprise. Aerotropolis shows us how to make the most of a phenomenon that is profoundly challenging but that also offers unparalleled opportunities.

Malacca Reminiscences

By Andrew Loh
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  • Publisher : Partridge Publishing Singapore
  • Book Code : 1482854899
  • Total of Pages : 154
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 993
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Malacca Reminiscences My Story is a memoir of a resident of Malacca in the five decades after independence in 1957 of Malaysia from Britain. Most books on Malacca hark back to the fifteenth century and the era of Parameswara founding the Sultanate of Malacca, but very little on the modern events that have shaped Malacca to become very different from the sleepy hollow that it was. The book captures the spirit of such a modern and vitalized city that has gained world heritage status. While many tourists from overseas and other parts of Malaysia visit Malacca for a few days or a week, they walk the streets of the town without understanding the layers of history that are hidden under these streets. While describing the streets, the bridges, the foods and eateries, the antiques shops, and the nooks and corners of the town, I have woven bits and pieces of my experiences as a resident of the town, born and bred since the 1950s. It is not a memoir per se but a tapestry of the story of Malacca stitched with anecdotes of personalities and ordinary folk of the town in the last fifty years. A Malacca street like Heeren Street has many secrets to unfold, and every house or building along this famous street has a worthy story to tell. It would be impossible to dig into the details of every house, but the mansions of the rich and famous towkays will be told. In short, this book of about 150 pages will paint Malacca in colors that are different from the average travel book from Lonely Planet or Fordor, which are compendiums about cities but do not touch the heart of the matter. I have been influenced by the travel writings of Peter Jenkins and Bill Bryson, whose travel books breathe life into the places they write about. I invite you to view Malacca through the panorama that I have personally tried to portray about my city, Malacca. I have interspersed cameos of notable citizens of the city who have contributed to its development. Interesting snippets about my family and myself have been inserted in relevant chapters of the book. I have added some tables of statistics about people and places culled from my daily visits to the Internet. You will get an insight into how a new Malacca has arisen over the ancient town of the days of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British. The new commercial heart of the town, Melaka Raya, and the adjoining malls of Dataran Pahlawan and Mahkota Parade are just a stone’s throw from the A Famosa Gateway. You will get an account of the stalled Gateway Island project, said to cost 40 billion ringgit, a small version of Dubai’s dazzling reclaimed island development. Napoleon is said to have derided Britain as a nation of shopkeepers. I will describe Malacca today as a city of hotels. This is not an overstatement, and my book will show you why.

Stories from an Ancient Land

By Magnus Fiskesjö
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  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Book Code : 1789208882
  • Total of Pages : 414
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 517
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The Wa people have a rich civilization of their own, and a deep history in the mountains of Southeast Asia. Their mythology suggests their land is the first place inhabited by humans, which they care for on behalf of the world. This book introduces aspects of Wa culture, including their approach to the world’s troubles and the lessons others might learn from it. It also presents a new interpretation of Wa headhunting, questioning explanations that see it as a primitive custom, and instead placing it within the fraught history of the last few centuries.

Gravity Shift

By Wendy Dobson
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1442696648
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 248
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The rapid growth, diversity and strategic importance of the emerging Chinese and Indian economies have fired the world's imagination with both hopes and fears for the future. Wendy Dobson's perceptive analysis of changing institutions, demographics, and politics paints a thoughtful and surprising picture of India and China as economic powerhouses in the year 2030. Examining past events and current trends, Gravity Shift offers bold predictions of the changes we can expect in key economic and political institutions in China and India, changes that will inform and shape tomorrow's business decisions. Dobson's work anticipates that by 2030, China's economy will be larger than those of the United States, India, and Japan, though its population will be ageing and its growth slowing. India will also come into its own, making major strides in modernizing its vast rural population, vanquishing illiteracy, and emerging as an innovative manufacturing powerhouse. A China-India free trade agreement could well become the foundation of a cooperative Asian economic community. As the world re-evaluates business practices in the wake of the global economic crisis, Gravity Shift provides a clear vision of how India and China will reshape the Asian region, to inform and transform global economic institutions.

Strange Rebels

By Christian Caryl
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  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Book Code : 0465065643
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : History
  • Members : 480
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Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Strange Rebels, veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows how the world we live in today and the problems that plague it began to take shape in this pivotal year. Weaving the story of each of these counterrevolutions into a brisk, gripping narrative, Strange Rebels is a groundbreaking account of how these upheavals marked a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, giving birth to our modern age in the process.

China's Pearl River Delta, Guangzhou & Shenzhen

By Simon Foster
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  • Publisher : Hunter Publishing, Inc
  • Book Code : 1588438112
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Travel
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The economic heart of South China, the Pearl River Delta is both agriculturally and financially fertile and is one of the most developed parts of China. Intensely cultivated land is interspersed with some of China's newest and fastest-growing cities, which are linked by some of the country's best and most integrated transport services. The Delta's location makes it a popular trip from Hong Kong and a major gateway to enter China itself. Foremost among the Delta's gang of youthful upstart cities is Shenzhen, which was the first of China's Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and has grown from nothing to challenge the traditional heart of the region, Guangzhou, in less than 30 years. While Shenzhen has little in the way of historic sights, it offers shopping, skyscrapers and theme parks along with some insight as to what China's future looks like. Seventy miles to the north, Guangzhou has a longer history, but is also reaping the economic whirlwind. It's definitely worth a quick stop for its blend of Cantonese cuisine, markets, colonial relics and the gritty taste of a real Chinese city. With a population of seven million and long known in the West as Canton, modern Guangzhou provides many visitors with their first glimpse of a mainland Chinese city. Frenetically busy, polluted and steamily hot in summer, Guangzhou's conventional sights are comparatively sparse, but the city is renowned worldwide for its cooking and is worth visiting on these grounds alone. Before Hong Kong rose to prominence, Guangzhou was one of China's primary trading posts and as a result it has a wide ethnic diversity, including a large Hui (Muslim) population, and a smattering of colonial architecture, much of which is found on charming Shamian Island. Guangzhou is at the heart of the south's economic revolution. Although it is still undoubtedly a polluted city, attention is being paid to the environment, albeit often only in the most aesthetic sense. Every time I visit I notice new areas of greenery and the city is becoming more and more visitor-friendly. There is an ever-expanding subway network, a new airport and improved links with other Pearl River Delta destinations. There are also a host of sights to visit within a two-hour transport radius of Guangzhou and the city makes a good base from which to explore smaller towns such as Huizhou and Zhaoqing. This guide is based on our 640-page China Adventure Guide. Following are some reviews of that book: "We travel to grow â€" Adventure Guides show you how. Experience the places you visit more directly, freshly, intensely than you would otherwise â€" sometimes best done on foot, in a canoe, or through cultural adventures like art courses, cooking classes, learning the language, meeting the people. This can make your trip life-changing, unforgettable. All of the detailed information you need is here about the hotels, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing. But we also lead you to new discoveries, turning corners never before turned, helping you learn about the world in a new way â€" Adventure Guides make that possible." "Having traveled extensively through China over many years, I can see the book's intimacy, not only with the locations, but also with the locals in each place. The author reveals the secrets that he's learned from his long association with China." (Jason Williams, Managing Director, Grasshopper Adventures). "A thorough guide not only to traveling in China but also to the country's history and culture, this should satisfy the novice and seasoned traveler alike. Each city and region is covered from all angles, including activities for those traveling with children. An informative read for those unfamiliar with the country and an excellent way to brush up for the more experienced traveler, this is an excellent guide for planning a China vacation." (Publishers Weekly).