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      The second life of Kowloon Walled City: Crime, media and cultural memory

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          Kowloon Walled City (hereafter KWC or Walled City), Hong Kong has been described as ‘one of history’s great anomalies’. The territory remained under Chinese rule throughout the period of British colonialism, with neither jurisdiction wishing to take active responsibility for its administration. In the postwar period, the area became notorious for vice, drugs and unsanitary living conditions, yet also attracted the attention of artists, photographers and writers, who viewed it as an instance of anarchic urbanism. Despite its demolition in 1993, KWC has continued to capture the imaginations of successive generations across Asia. Drawing on data from an oral and visual history project on the enclave, alongside images, interviews and observations regarding the ‘second life’ of KWC, this article will trace the unique flow of meanings and reimaginings that KWC has inspired. The article will locate the peculiar collisions of crime and consumerism prompted by KWC within the broader contexts in which they are embedded, seeking out a new interdisciplinary perspective that attends to the internecine spaces of crime, media and culture in contemporary Asian societies.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                Crime Media Cult
                Crime Media Cult
                CMC
                spcmc
                Crime, Media, Culture
                SAGE Publications (Sage UK: London, England )
                1741-6590
                1741-6604
                17 April 2017
                August 2017
                : 13
                : 2 , Special Issue: Crime, Media, Culture: Asia-style
                : 217-234
                Affiliations
                [1-1741659017703681]University of Glasgow, UK
                [2-1741659017703681]King’s College London, UK
                Author notes
                [*]Alistair Fraser, University of Glasgow, SCCR, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8LR, UK. Email: Alistair.Fraser@ 123456Glasgow.ac.uk
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                10.1177_1741659017703681
                10.1177/1741659017703681
                5732597
                fbd622da-11fc-413f-8cd9-015fe72cb49e
                © The Author(s) 2017

                This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page ( https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

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                Funded by: University of Hong Kong Seedcorn Fund, ;
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                asia studies,cultural criminology,digital memory,postcolonial criminology,subcultures

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