The Urban Communication Reader III
Edited By Matthew D. Matsaganis, Victoria J. Gallagher and Susan J. Drucker
4 Understanding Urban Foodways and Communicative Cities: A Taste of Hong Kong’s Yumcha Culture as Urban Communication
Yumcha and Dimsum: A Primer
Understanding Urban Foodways and Communicative Cities
A Taste of Hong Kong’s Yumcha Culture as Urban Communication
Casey Man Kong Lum
The study of the communicative characteristics of cities that are conducive to robust human interaction of all kinds has in recent years attracted increasing attention from scholars in urban communication, an interdisciplinary field of study of human communication patterns in urban environments. In the summer of 2007, as noted in the introductory chapter to this book, the Urban Communication Foundation organized two meetings in Paris and Washington, DC, respectively, in which the participants were asked to discuss the defining features of cities that engender or discourage human communication. Findings from the two meetings and several related studies were subsequently reported in a special issue in The International Communication Gazette (Gumpert & Druckers, 2008). However, the majority of the discussions to date has tended to focus on human communication in outdoor public places such as parks and city squares, on the role of new electronic communications such as the uses and regulations of wireless and mobile technologies in giving rise to new forms of human interaction, and on the rhetorical or symbolic ramifications of public displays of art, objects, and signs. Relatively little attention is focused on understanding urban communication in indoor environments.
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