"The Shek Kip Mei Myth" provides a new explanation for the beginnings of Hong Kong's massive public housing program, tracing it to the colonial govenrment's inability to resolve the squatter problem due to constraints posed by the geopolitics of the early Cold War.
A major contribution to our understanding of Hong Kong's social history, this very readable study of public housing is highly relevant to contemporary Hong Kong. Alan Smart writes first class history with great conviction and, based on his own experience of their living conditions, with a special sensitivity to the squatter family and its struggle for shelter. As he reconstructs in masterly fashion the transition from the squalid squatter colonies of early postwar Hong Kong to the massive public housing programmes that have transformed the living standards of so many Hong Kong families, he reveals the government's reluctant acceptance of responsibility for providing decent housing for the community. In the process, he uncovers the serious handicaps of an unelected colonial administration. Professor Smart's work is a remarkable piece of research into Hong Kong's most pressing social problem.
|List of Illustrations|
|Colonial Cities, Illegal Spaces|
|Hong Kong in 1950|
|Kowloon Walled City|
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For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2006
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 15.0 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.666