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Chinatowns as ethnoscapes - SCIBC Tourism & Heritage seminar

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The Confucius Institute is celebrating the theming of 2017 as the Scottish Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a seminar series exploring Scotland-China links in tourism and heritage management.

Speakers: Steve Shaw (University of York)

Topic: Chinatowns: Exotic enclaves of consumption, or hotbeds of inter-cultural exchange?

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Chinatowns have become high-profile features of the post-industrial symbolic economy in many cities of Europe, North America and Australasia that have long been gateways to immigration and settlement. Their promotion as exoticized enclaves of consumption - positioned to attract high-yield international tourists and members of the majority culture - contrasts markedly with the marginalization and displacement of Chinatowns in former times. Observers have rightly highlighted the role of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and business networks that regenerate local economies and revitalize neglected cityscapes. More recent research has considered more deeply the extent to which these co-ethnic agencies are embedded within the wider structures of the "host" society, the asymmetrical relations of power, articulation of the vision, negotiation, and outcomes: intended and otherwise. Despite superficial similarities such as architecture, street furniture, signage and other markers of Chineseness, longitudinal and comparative studies of Chinatowns in different cities and word-regions reveal a range of trajectories. The author welcomes discussion on alternative scenarios for historic Chinatowns in the years to come, including those that give greater emphasis to experimentation through creative exchange and fusion between Chinese and other contemporary cultures.

References:

Shaw, S. (2017 in press) 'Creativity, newcomers and the transformation of inner cityscapes' in A. Orbasli and M. Vellinga (eds.) Architecture and Regeneration, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Shaw, S. (2015) ‘Negotiating Asian Identities in London and Other gateway Cities’ in A. Diekmann and M. Smith (eds.), Ethnic and Minority Cultures as Tourism Attractions, Bristol: Channel View Publications, pp. 31-40.

Shaw, S. (2013) ‘Ethnic Quarters: Exotic Islands or Hotbeds of Trans-national Innovation, in M. Smith and G. Richards (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 339-345.

Shaw, S. (2012) ‘Faces, Spaces, and Places: Social and cultural impacts of street festivals in cosmopolitan cities’, in S. Page and J. Connell (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Events, Routledge: London and New York, pp. 401-415.

Shaw, S. and Bagwell S. (2012) ‘Ethnic Minority Restaurateurs and the Regeneration of “Banglatown” in London's East End’, in V. Aytar and J. Rath (eds.) Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Rise of Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption, New York: Routledge, pp. 34-51.

Shaw, S. (2011) ‘Marketing Ethnoscapes as Spaces of Consumption: Banglatown - London's Curry Capital’, Journal of Town and City Management, Volume 1, number 4, March-May, pp. 381-395.

Shaw, S. (2008) ‘Hosting a Sustainable Visitor Economy: Messages from London's Banglatown’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Volume 1, Number 3, December/January, pp. 275-285.

Shaw, S. (2007) ‘Cosmopolitanism and Ethnic Cultural Quarters’, in G. Richards and J. Wilson (eds.) Tourism, Creativity and Development, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 189-200.

Shaw, S., Bagwell, S. and Karmowska, J. (2004) ‘Ethnoscapes as Spectacle: Re-imaging Multicultural Districts as New Destinations for Leisure and Tourism Consumption’, Urban Studies, 41 (10), pp. 1983-2000.

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