The Disappearing Asian City is a comparative study of urban heritage attitudes, threats, planning policies, and practices in a selection of fourteen Asian cities. It focuses on the theme of the steady erosion of what many Asian and Western commentators have regarded as the quintessential 'Asian' qualities of those cities, particularly in terms of their built form under the impact of current processes of rapid economic and cultural globalization.
Contents: Introduction: Globalization, Cultural Identity, and Heritage / William S. Logan -- Pt. I. Embracing the Global -- Introduction / William S. Logan -- 1. Manila's Intramuros: Storming the Walls / Fergus T. Maclaren and Augusto Villalon -- 2. Shanghai Reincarnated / Susan Balderstone, Qian Fengqi and Zhang Bing -- 3. Too Little, Too Late? Urban Planning and Conservation in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia / William Chapman -- 4. Vientiane, Laos: Lane Xang's Capital in the Age of Modernization and Globalization / William S. Logan, Colin Long and Roz Hansen -- Pt. II. Reacting to the Colonial -- Introduction / William S. Logan -- 5. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Removing the Reminders of Colonialism / Hae Un Rii -- 6. Nagasaki, Japan's Window to the West: Protecting its Western Heritage / Joseph G. Hajdu -- 7. Calcutta, India: Heritage and Government Priorities / Santosh Ghosh -- 8. Searching for Semarang: Nation, Urban Memory, and Cultural Heritage / Joost Cote -- Pt. III. Stressing the Local -- Introduction / William S. Logan -- 9. Yangon, Myanmar: The Re-invention of Heritage / Than Than Nwe and Janette Philp -- 10. The Golden Hanoi and Heritage Protection in Vietnam's Capital: Containing Cultural Globalization / William S. Logan -- 11. Heritage as Hologram: Hong Kong after a Change in Sovereignty, 1997-2001 / Jeffrey W. Cody -- 12. George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: Development Strategies and Community Realities / Khoo Salma Nasution and Gwynn Jenkins -- 13. The Challenge of Co-Existence: The Meaning of Urban Heritage in Contemporary Bangkok / Marc Askew -- Conclusion - Protecting Asia's Urban Heritage: The Way Forward / Renate Howe and William S. Logan.