Semester at Sea Fall 2006 Voyage
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Jessica Von Wendel
becomes global by catering to the desires of the global population. These cities cannot be completely inwardly
focused on the vernacular or else risk loosing the appeal that draws in
transnational flow. Currently,
down the streets of
It is primarily Indian men who sell ‘traditional’ Burmese handicrafts and work as money exchangers at the former British Scott Market that is now predominantly designed for tourists. In Donald M. Seekins’ article, “The State and the City: 1988 and the Transformation of Rangoon”, he describes these populations as “economically active populations of immigrant Indians and Chinese.” The economically active description of these populations indicates that these migrants are here specifically to raise the status of the city.
In addition, the staged feeling of the city is emphasized by spectacle buildings. The construction of these facades attempts to deceive the foreign visitor. I walked into a little restaurant called AKK near the Indian district of Rangoon. The restaurant was pleasant, but when I used their restroom I peeked out the back door. I expected to see an alley, but instead the area was completely closed off, like a courtyard, but with mounds of trash piled stories high. I asked if it is ever collected. They just laughed and said it has been piling up for years. No one ever does anything about it.
real situation of
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