Department of Architecture
RPG lunchtime presentation by ZHANG Huali
Primary supervisor: Prof. Weijen WANG
Co-supervisor: Dr. Eunice SENG
Located in the far north of Hainan Island, the port of Haikou is its most important in keeping contact with the outside world due to the fact it serves as the point of connection between Mainland China and the South China Sea, making it a vital cog in the transportation link connecting Southeast Asia. As a result, it therefore serves as the epicenter of three groups of individuals: immigrants moving there from mainland China, migrants moving to Southeast Asia and a place of return for returning Overseas Chinese. Its unique location has formed a special ‘corridor’ due to these phenomena, bringing with it a two-way flow of migrants, money, culture and religion.
The purpose of this study is to examine the contributions of different immigrant groups in Haikou between the years 1858 and 1939 in their transformation of the urban form. Focusing on the relationship between the changing identity of immigrants and the city in the form of the arcade shop-house, The following three issues are raised: What was the role of immigrants in shaping the form of Haikou City, how did their identities influence their transformation of this city and how is the urban landscape of Haikou constantly shaped by different immigrant groups?
In light of this analysis, this present study concludes that the influence and significance of the spatial functions of arcade shop-houses along with the roles of both immigrants and their identities change was significant in the transformation of this city. And tries to explain how the urban landscape in Haikou is shaped by layers of different immigrant groups, their density changes and the ’corridor’ between immigrants’ place and moving out place and the inter-relationship between these three factors.
Zhang Huali is a PhD candidate of Department of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is urban form transformation.
***All interested are welcome***