From arts desert to global cultural metropolis

The (re)branding of Shanghai and Hong Kong

Authored by: Kristina Karvelyte

The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138857827
eBook ISBN: 9781315718408
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Since the late 1990s, an urban policy model of culture-led development has become increasingly “fashionable” (Kong 2009) and an influential trend in many cities around the world. A vast number of rapidly developing East Asian cities, irrespective of their political systems, sizes or locations, have also suddenly rediscovered their cultural resources and one after another started to pursue the titles of ‘creative city’, ‘cultural capital’, or ‘cultural and creative metropolis’ (Yeoh 2005; Kong et al. 2006; Pang 2012).

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