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Searching for economic and cosmopolitan roots: the historical discourse of “Hankou Merchant Port Nostalgia” in the central Chinese City of Wuhan 武汉

LAW, Andrew M.
QIN, Qianqian
This paper has two main lines of investigation: firstly, we shall explore the process by which selective remembering, histories and heritage are converted into new form of competitive urban cultural capital; secondly, this paper points to the critical dangers and problematics that emerge when selective remembering and historic urban branding lead to the production of new urban landscapes and commercial spaces; as we shall demonstrate, selective remembering and branding can sabotage and displace communities, informal economies,histories, lives and subjectivities.