Chapter 10: Glocalization, the city and variegated age-friendly urbanism: case studies of Hong Kong and Taiwan

Yi Sun, Tzu Yuan Stessa Chao, Jia Ling

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Globalization is more than expanding networks of trade and investment. The geographic implications of globalization highlight a locality building process, with the concentration of socioeconomic activities and institutional arrangement at selected cities and city regions. These localized geographies underpin global market and competitiveness, which actively respond to the ideologies and practices at the global level. Glocalization is therefore important to understand the geography of new global-local nexus in promoting international polices and strengthening partnership building among different places. Locality is not a passive recipient of global concepts and policy movement, which is actively reshaping the policy implementation and trajectories by reassembling localized norms, resources and regulatory practices. I examine two different scenarios of glocalization in promoting age-friendly cities (AFC) in the Asian contexts, through a case study of Hong Kong and Taiwan. Two different institutional frameworks of implementing AFC suggest that the actual embodiment of glocalized policy initiatives derives from the path-dependent characteristics in the policy making paradigm. Policy mobility from World Health Organization (WHO) to Taiwan is effected through strong leaderships by city's mayors, whereas in Hong Kong non-governmental organizations and charities played an important role, constituting to strong grassroots initiatives. I discuss the advantages and barriers as well as the implications for policymaking in the conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Culture and Glocalization
PublisherEdward Elgar
ISBN (Electronic)9781839109010
ISBN (Print)9781839109003
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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