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Fantasy Islands
Author: Julie Sze

ISBN: 9780520284487
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6 December 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.24 x 1.91
The rise of China and its status as a leading global factory?combined with an increasing worldwide desire for inexpensive toys, clothes, and food?are altering the way people live and consume. At the same time, the world appears wary of the real costs of this desire: toys drenched in lead paint, dangerous medicines, and tainted pet food.

Examining sites in China, including the plan for a new eco-city called Dongtan on the island of Chongming, suburbanization projects, and the Shanghai World Expo, Julie Sze interrogates Chinese, European, and American ?eco-desire" and the eco-technological fantasies that underlie contemporary development of global cities and mega-suburbs. In doing so, she challenges readers to rethink how cities must undergo alterations to become true ?eco-cities."

Sze frames her analysis of these case studies in the context of the problems of global economic change and climate crisis, and she explores the flows, fears, and fantasies of Pacific Rim politics that shaped plans for Dongtan. She looks at the flow of pollution from Asia to the United States (ten billion pounds of airborne pollutants annually). Simult...

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