This chapter centers on different issues of urban life and transformation that are discussed throughout the book. It first addresses the scandal that occurred in the Jalan Chan Ah Tong field in Brickfields, a community in Kuala Lumpur that serves as the setting for most of the discussions in the preceding chapters. This is then followed by a discussion about urban life in this community, an analysis of the importance of the Malaysian case towards a better understanding of urban life and transformation not just in the country, but in Asia as a whole as well. From here the chapter turns to a description of Brickfields. Finally it gives a brief rundown of the following chapters and a discussion of the ethnographic methods that were used for this book.
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