Post-colonised policy mobility - the practice of community empowerment from Taiwan to China

Authors: Hou Ying Chun*,
Topics: Urban Geography, China, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: china, community empowerment, policy mobility
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Southdown, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The“Accelerate Social Governance” initiative by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government in 2014 promoted community empowerment . This policy deals with ‘Urban diseases’ such as social security, segregation and environmental pollution resulting from urbanisation. In practice, many Chinese officials were keen to learn from the Taiwanese experience given the earlier successful experimental learning from Japan. Due to the same language (Mandarin), culture (Chinese culture) and proximate location, Taiwanese expertise could easily translate/discourse the imagination of a ideal community to Chinese and they soon became very welcome in China. However, differing political structure and society have resulted in various imagination of community, compelling these professionals to also learn and revise their expertise based on their interactions with Chinese officials, the private sector and members of the general public. I seek to analyse the circumstances where Chinese urban policy considers a community. Who are the stakeholders? Moreover, what are the strategies involved in the process? This paper examines interview and survey data and discuss recent work on entrepreneurialism, policy mobility, and post-colonialism regarding community empowerment by examining the cases of Xinyi Sinyi Realty Inc. This paper aims to demonstrate how post-colonised countries implement and translate policies to another post-colonial neighbour. I aim to analyse the implications for both areas.

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