Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty Scholar Seminar


"Locating tourism in Kathmandu: 1965-1980"

Mark Liechty
UIC Associate Professor, Anthropology and History

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2:00pm

Great Cities Institute, CUPPAH 400
412 South Peoria, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
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Between 1965 and 1980 Kathmandu's "hippie" tourism market shifted through three locations: from a low-caste neighborhood away form the city's ritual center, to a centrally-located, upper-caste business area soon known as "Freak Street," to Thamel, a new "adventure tourism" district on the outskirts of town. Each shift represents not just a new physical tourist location, but also a new location for tourism in the city's cultural and socioeconomic landscape as dollars overcame caste barriers, transformed the meaning of domestic and public space, and reoriented the city's economy. Shifting tourist centers help to chart the changes that tourism brought to Kathmandu.

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