Taipei park: Signs of occupation

Joseph R. Allen

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This essay investigates the configuration of public space in Taipei City using the example of a small urban park. In particular, this essay considers how that space functioned and functions as a. site for "occupation" - that is, when and how the public space was produced by, brought under the control of, or performed in by a specific cultural agent, whether a colonial government or skateboarder. Those occupations delineate and transform the space for purposes ranging from the official, macro, and long-lived to the subversive, partial, and fleeting. The park is a shifting pastiche of different moments of occupation, diachronically and contemporaneously layered, existing in a tissue of accommodation and anxiety. The primary focus here is the evolution of the park in the urban plans of the early Japanese colonial, government; however, comparisons to both the pre- and postcolonial periods are made, and the contemporary conditions of the park are considered as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-199
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Asian Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007

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