1) Please identify the politics of demolition in the postsocialist Chinese cities, and address the issue of land speculation in the process of urbanization analyzed by Qin Shao in Shanghai Gone and Thomas Campenella in Concrete Dragon. Is demolition a “necessary” step for
urbanization and achieving modernity in China? If demolition of urban spaces and building postmodern skyscrapers are symbolically linked to
“forgetting the socialist past and catching up with the West”, would you
agree with scholars like Lin Chun on the relevance of socialism in the postsocialist era?
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