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Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920-1940

Studies the dynamics of port-cities in Southeast Asia after the World War I, focusing on Penang, Rangoon and Bangkok as commercial linkage within maritime Asia and to Europe, India and United States. Traces an emergence of cosmopolitanism, urbanization, European imperialism and geopolitics found in Asian port-cities. Explores the development of cosmopolitan public sphere, such as urban space transformation, influx of migrants, and cross-culture sociability. Looks at emergence of new social groups and information communities, such as Red-Cross, women’s council, and print-reading communities. Examines outcomes on children of the interwar period in coherent with the plurality of education initiatives, and the rise of popular culture in the port-cities