Monthly Archives: November 2011

Home is a Non-place

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Marc Augé (1995), in his seminal book Non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity, sheds light on the concept of “non-places,” noting that: “[i]f a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which … Continue reading

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The Middle East… and Dubai الشرق الاوسط … و دبي

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Since my late teens, I have had an enduring fascination with the Middle East, particularly its art, architecture and urban landscape. Every year, I make a pilgrimage, of sorts, to Dubai. The intent is to see how it’s changed, while … Continue reading

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茶之忧,人之欢 The Simple Pleasures of Drinking Tea

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OK, maybe it’s ‘cos I’m Chinese (by descent). But I can’t get through the day without a few cups of tea. Not just any tea, mind you. Chinese tea. From China. I’m less likely to have other varieties as they … Continue reading

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错综复杂 Out of Place

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I recently finished reading Edward Said’s memoir, Out of Place (he wrote the seminal book, Orientalism, on Western conceptions of the Middle East). His main theme – how being out of place can be a defining factor in one’s life … Continue reading

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饮水思源 A Love Affair with Water (and Cities…)

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Following on from my previous post, I thought I’d extend my musings on the theme of water and the city, and accompany these with photography on the subject. Having grown up in an island city that is also one of … Continue reading

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梦游苏州 Dreaming of Suzhou

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As the saying goes:上有天堂,下有苏杭 –  Suzhou and Hangzhou are Heaven on Earth. I had been wanting to visit Suzhou for years, after my first attempt to do so 5 years ago was scuppered by a very bad cold.  Hangzhou had lived … Continue reading

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