"What Time Is This Place?: Gentrification and Historic Preservation in Shanghai," by Non Arkaraprasertkul

Once commonplace in Shanghai, lilong or alleyway houses have become scarce historical artefacts in a new global hierarchy of value. Based on ethnography, this talk describes how local residents and entrepreneurs have mastered the narratives behind these new global values to repackage formerly "old and rundown" houses as "cultural cinemas," "historic teahouses," and "authentic Shanghai homes." Upon seeing these repurposed architectural “antiques,” visitors to today’s lilong are confronted with the curious question, What time is this place?

Non Arkaraprasertkul is an independent researcher and founder of Anti-Fragile Design + Consultancy based in the Southeast Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. Trained as an architect, urban designer, historian, and anthropologist, he researches urban problems in Asian cities through the lenses of design and social science. 

Sponsored by the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and generously co-sponsored by the departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Geography, the Asian Studies program, First-Year Seminar, and Core Communities and Identities.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:15pm

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