Cities in Motion : Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920-1940 Hardback
Part of the Asian Connections series
In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War.
Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture.
Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman.
While the book focuses on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok - three cities born amidst British expansion to the region - it explores connected experiences across Asia and in Asian intellectual enclaves in Europe.
Cosmopolitan sensibilities were severely tested in the era of post-colonial nationalism, but are undergoing a resurgence in Southeast Asia's civil society and creative class today.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 5 Maps; 21 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 19/07/2016
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781107108332