Almost under the same sky : reclaiming urbanity beyond an epidemic

John Nguyet ERNI

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Abstract

This essay deals with the social and political after-shock introduced by SARS, which is considered here as both a public health outbreak and an urban cultural crisis. In Hong Kong, several years after the epidemic episode, the people's voice regarding urban spatial politics, governance, and the media has not only grown louder, but has also been profoundly transformed into collective effervescence. This essay is based on over 50 interviews of ordinary Hong Kong residents from a wide spectrum of demographics. A particular focal point of the interviews was, inevitably, the participants' reformulation of their identity as a function of urban crisis. Chiefly a documentation of the vernaculars of public criticism offered by the citizens of Hong Kong, this essay relates post-SARS public sentiments to the (somewhat fiddly) development of democratic ideals that is animating our urban imagination today.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-611
Number of pages14
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Bibliographical note

Paper presented at the Workshop on Urban Imaginaries, 2004, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Media
  • Public Criticism
  • SARS
  • Urban Imaginary

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