Public/Private: Reflection

I deserve my public space, so do you.
I deserve to have the few inches of space around me to myself, granted. You can count me out of taking that subway ride on a busy weekday evening in Tokyo or even in New York.
This idea of public and private occupied area takes a whole different level when we start to build it outside our personal boundary, out into the real world. When we start mapping down places as restricted to serve as our and only our personal use.
That brings forth the idea of more extravagant and flamboyant display of such said “rare” and “reserved” locations and spaces. Sort of like a museum with “no touch” policy.Thus the concept of segregation emerges based off of money, class, race so on and so forth.

Reading through public/private we catch a glimpse of the overburdening power of this situation by peeping into the life of the protagonist as she shifts through different perspectives, while living in possibly one of the most class segregated city in the world.
“shift” becomes a sub theme as we get to see different perspectives to the same situation.
The main character goes from lightly mocking the problem “My mutt played equal…called him a blood.”1
To denial,”My son is only 3 months old…school systems in the country.”2
and to surrender, “Her school uniform was from…the school we had tacitly agreed is not good enough…without ever having set foot inside of it.”3


  1. Emily Raboteau, play grounds I have known,Nonstop Metropolis,174
  2. Emily Raboteau, play grounds I have known,Nonstop Metropolis,175
  3. Emily Raboteau, play grounds I have known,Nonstop Metropolis,178

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