[Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas]

In the article, Ackbar Abbas examine the tradition and the traits of Hong Kong buildings. He first raises an interesting opinion of Frantz Fanon – “it is the colonialist who becomes defenders of native styles.” After nearly a century’s colonization, Western culture, especially British culture, is becoming an important part of Hong Kong’s tradition. That’s true, as the preservation of Hong Kong buildings offer by Chinese government is rather based on the disappearance of historical site. He also discusses some traits of Hong Kong building. It is an open city exposed to all styles and influence, and it constantly refreshes

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

Ackbar explores Hong Kong’s architectural conflict as a result of its Chinese and Colonial influences. Hong Kong’s storied history combined with rapid development as a bridge between East and West creates a cleavage in how one approaches the appreciation of the country’s architecture – is the past disappearing too quickly? An interesting point raised in the tutorial was why Ackbar narrowed in specifically on Hong Kong’s colonial architecture, its not like other countries (such as Africa or Indochina) had not been subject to having sections of their cities filled with distinct Colonial architecture. What makes Hong Kong difference is then

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