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Building Border Infrastructure : Urbanization in Border Areas and the Imagination of Economic Prosperity
This study explores how ASEAN’s regional economic cooperation concentrates infrastructure construction in borderlands in order to accomplish a free flow of people and commodities across the border and how development in the borderlands is meant to be different from that of other sites. This study focuses on the case of the Chiang Rai border area in Northern Thailand where the North-South Economic Corridor linking Kunming, Southern China to Bangkok, Thailand passes through. First, it describes the construction of the R3A road and the Fourth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Chiang Rai. Second, the article explains the way infrastructure development in borderlands transform border city’s landscape and how it affects the local to realize coming of ASEAN Economic Community era. Lastly, this explores the links between multi-scalar sites inside or outside of Chiang Rai and demonstrates that border cities are urbanized in relation to their connectivity with other places. As a result, the article argues that infrastructure construction amplifies the local people’s experience of being on the periphery and also mediates the imagination of future economic prosperity to the local.