A noted Singapore-based cultural geographer and specialist on Asia analyzes the emergence and functioning of a unique artistic cluster in Hong Kong's Fotan light industrial district. The objective of the research is to understand how artistic work in the cluster, despite some challenges, has thus far proven sustainable in cultural, social, and economic terms. The findings of this case study permit further clarification of several dimensions of an emerging theory of cultural/creative clusters, which should be considered as distinct from business and industrial clusters. Selective comparisons between the Fotan cluster and the Moganshan Lu cluster in Shanghai demonstrate that cultural/creative clusters do not face uniform challenges in striking a balance between economic and cultural sustainability. Journal of Economic Literature.
Hong Kong, Fotan district, cultural/creative clusters, innovation, artistic creativity, cultural sustainability, social sustainability, economic sustainability, imagined community
Asian Studies | Fine Arts | Sociology of Culture | Urban Studies
Eurasian Geography and Economics
Taylor & Francis
Kong, Lily.(2012). Improbable Art: The Creative Economy and Sustainable Cluster Development in a Hong Kong Industrial District. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 53(2), 182-196.
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