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From the margin to the centre : towards an art strategy for the ethnic enclaves in the city

Gu, Xin (2011) From the margin to the centre : towards an art strategy for the ethnic enclaves in the city. In Rollman, Louise (Ed.) My Own Private Neon Oasis. Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, pp. 30-41.

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    Abstract

    Sunnybank represents a distinctly Australian take on the classic ‘Chinatown’ – or indeed other ethic community enclaves such as ‘little Italy’, ‘little Bombay’, ‘little Athens’ and so on. In the Northern Hemisphere these tended to grow up in the dense working class neighbourhoods of industrial cities, especially in port cities like Liverpool, London, New York and San Francisco. The existing Chinatowns of Sydney and Melbourne, and to some extent Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, are of this variety. In the late 1970s, with the growth of suburbanisation and the de-industrialisation and consequent dereliction of the ‘inner city’, these ethnic communities were one of the few signs of life in the city. Apart from the daily commute into the CBD, business with the city council or a trip to the big shopping streets these areas were one of the few reasons for visiting city centres stigmatised by urban decay and petty crime.

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    ID Code: 48092
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: cultural policy, art strategy, city, ethnic group, urban regeneration
    ISBN: 9780646565590
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Brisbane City Council
    Deposited On: 17 Jan 2012 07:56
    Last Modified: 19 Jan 2012 08:53

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