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Entangled Modernities in Architecture
Entangled modernities in architecture

American children hear no stories about ghosts. They spend a dime at the drugstore to buy a Superman comic book. This ‘Superman’ is an all-knowing, resourceful, omnipotent hero who can overcome any difficulty. … In a world without ghosts, life is free and easy. Americans can gaze straight ahead. But still I think they lack something, and I do not envy their life. (Fei Xiaotong, 1943, quoted in Arkush and Lee, 1984)

During a visit to the United States in 1943, Chinese anthropologist Fei Xiaotong noted the differences between China, where contemporary life was engulfed in the thick layers of the accumulated past, and America, where people were future-oriented but nonetheless dominated by an alienating order (Arkush and Lee ...

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