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Shirley Lo

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Strangeness in Limehouse

London, UK


Despite having a reputation for vice, degeneracy and foreignness, Otherness lacks presence in the built fabric of Limehouse. Within fictional narratives, the imagined Limehouse openly expresses difference through strangeness and contraventions of standard uses of space. However, in the hands of those who own the narrative discourse - those who are almost always not 'the Other', Otherness is used as a tool to reinforce existing claims to power, resulting in the marginalisation of minority groups, such as the historic Chinese community of Limehouse. This project learns from fictional space to explore ways of expressing the Other's version of its own difference in urban spaces.

Contact:

Shirley Lo

︎Year 4
sl763@cam.ac.uk