Architecture and Urban Form in Kuala Lumpur: Race and by Yat Ming Loo

By Yat Ming Loo

Kuala Lumpur, the capital urban of Malaysia, is a former colony of the British Empire which at the present time prides itself in being a multicultural society par excellence. attractive with complicated colonial and postcolonial features of the town from the British colonial period within the Eighties to the modernisation interval within the Nineteen Nineties, this e-book demonstrates how Kuala Lumpur's city panorama is overwritten through a racial time table during the advertising of Malaysian structure, together with the world-famous mega-projects of Petronas dual Towers and the hot administrative capital of Putrajaya. It demonstrates how the 'Malayanisation' and 'Islamisation' of the city panorama - the middle of Malaysia's decolonisation initiatives - has marginalised the chinese language city areas which have been as soon as on the center of Kuala Lumpur. Drawing on quite a lot of chinese language neighborhood files, interviews and assets, the booklet illustrates how Kuala Lumpur's chinese language areas were subjugated. This contains unique case reports displaying how the chinese language re-appropriated the Kuala Lumpur previous urban centre of Chinatown and chinese language cemeteries as a fashion of contesting state's hegemonic nationwide identification and ideology.This ebook is arguably the 1st educational publication to ascertain the connection of Malaysia's huge chinese language minority with the politics of structure and urbanism in Kuala Lumpur. it's also one of many few educational books to situate the chinese language diaspora areas on the centre of the development of urban and kingdom. via together with the spatial contestation of these from the margins and their resistance opposed to the hegemonic country ideology, this ebook proposes a recuperative city and architectural heritage, looking to revalidate the marginalised areas of minority neighborhood (Chinese areas in Kuala Lumpur), and re-script them into the narrative of the postcolonial geographical region.

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The colonial administration was ‘adapted to local conditions’. One of the key factors in associative colonialism was its strategy of construction of ethnic difference between the colonised. ) More importantly, this associative colonialism was re-enacted in the power-sharing political system of post-colonial state, which I discuss in the next section. To put it crudely, associative colonialism has three main principles. The first principle was to cooperate (indirect rule) with the natives and not to interfere with the internal affairs, especially religion and custom, resulting in the preservation of the natives’ power structure.

In this chapter, as a whole, I argue that the postcolonial efforts to reclaim and re-position the nation had reproduced the colonial legacies to perpetuate the racial politics, and produced and reproduced the racial/spatial differences. These racial/spatial differences, understood here as the colonial legacy and imprint, eventually become the postcolonial mindscapes, memories and histories of the people and influences the way they view the nation and its built environment. The replacement of previous hierarchies of space, power and knowledge that divided ethnic groups has not been dismantled.

British colonialism commenced with the occupation of the island of Penang in 1786, Malacca in 1795 and Singapore in 1819. With the pressure to exploit more resources for the expansion of the empire, the British started their political domination in 1874 over large areas of inland Malaya. Chinese links with the peninsula, particularly through trade, predated British involvement in the region by at least two centuries. The Chinese population increased tremendously with mass immigration in the second half of the nineteenth century in order to meet the demand for labour.

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