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The rise of China and its status as a leading global factory are altering the way people live and consume. At the same time, the world appears wary of the real costs involved. Fantasy Islands probes Chinese, European, and American eco-desire and eco-technological dreams, and examines the solutions they offer to environmental degradation in this age of global economic change.
Uncovering the stories of sites in China, including the plan for a new eco-city called Dongtan on the island of Chongming, mega-suburbs, and the Shanghai World Expo, Julie Sze explores the flows, fears, and fantasies of Pacific Rim politics that shaped them. She charts how climate change discussions align with US fears of China's ascendancy and the related demise of the American Century, and she considers the motives of financial and political capital for eco-city and ecological development supported by elite power structures in the UK and China. Fantasy Islands shows how ineffectual these efforts are while challenging us to see what a true eco-city would be.
climate change, chinese government, environmental degradation, leading global factory, national power, china, global economic change, globalization, asian history, dongtan, urban planning, eco city, ecological development, environment, international power, phenomenon, diplomacy, technology, elite power, eco technology, ecocritical cultural studies, europe, eco desire, financial capital, world, political capital, global warming, pacific rim politics, environmental studies, politics, climate, united states of america, sociology