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The Challenges of Burying the Dead in Urban Asia

NUS in Foreign Media

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Atlantic Cities (Online)

This report discussed the difficulties that highly dense cities face in burying the dead. In the February issue of “Urban Studies”, Professor Lily Kong, Vice President (University and Global Relations) and Professor of Geography at NUS, described how commemorative practices in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China have changed in response to shrinking amounts of physical space for the dead. She opined that what is evident from existing studies is that death practices and deathscapes have evolved over time in a number of Asian cities. As a consequence, sacred space and sacred time have been reconceptualised and rituals have been reinvented to suit conditions of modernity while addressing abiding belief systems.

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A worker arranges altar tablets at a luxury columbarium in Singapore (Reuters)

A worker arranges altar tablets at a luxury columbarium in Singapore (Reuters)

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