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Borrowed Spaces: Life Between the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong

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Where have all the fishballs gone? From a journalist deeply attuned to the subtleties of Hong Kong life comes Borrowed Spaces, a chronicle of the ways in which the grassroots citizens of Hong Kong reshape their city to make up for the shortcomings of their bureaucratic government. Mango trees sprouting on roundabouts, fishball stalls, and neon signs: these are just some of ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Penguin Australia
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Ariya
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the Hong Kong series published by Penguin Classics that brings up the problems underneath the well-organized city such as Hong Kong to refine how the city is being overshadowed by China's neo-liberalism. Its mistakes are overplayed by the problem of strictly governing rules, hawking prohibition, unfix-able principles for the roof-dwellers come from the poor immigrants trying to fight off their struggling in lives by selling goods on the streets and unlicensed markets around the city.

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Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Borrowed Spaces

Borrowed Spaces is an intriguing little book, though a bit on the sentimental side rather than on the ‘factual’ side. That being said, I found it an illuminating read and I admired at the ingenuity that people are forced into when faced with basic needs such as a roof over your head.

On the other hand, and I do wonder, if part of Hong Kong’s success relies on the very fact that it has a large number of people living in such conditions and thus, they are always likely to accept any
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