By Daphne P. Lei

Bringing the research of chinese language theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways that conventional paintings can live on and thrive within the age of modernization and globalization. construction on her past paintings, this new ebook makes a speciality of numerous sorts of chinese language "opera" in destinations round the Pacific Rim, together with Hong Kong, Taiwan and California.

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Instead, “native” is defined in opposition to “Chinese” or “Mainlander” and refers to a sort of local, grassroots, rural, anti-Western, bensheng, Taiwanese voice. This period also saw the rise of “native soil literature” (xiangtu wenxue), which focused on rural lives in Taiwan and employed Taiwanese dialect rather than Mandarin in writing. Writers and others claimed to be “looking for our own voices”; but “our” was very narrowly and exclusively defined. Similar things were happening in the world of jingju.

1 Femininity Comes to the Rescue: Innovative Jingju in Taiwan Is traditional Beijing opera (jingju) an art form associated with hegemony or state power? Many young people in Taiwan today would consider the question absurd: the dated art form is usually associated with a minority group, the old Mainlanders – retired soldiers and military village dwellers – who are dying out and no longer enjoy any class or political privileges. Recent changes in the political climate also make any traditional arts associated with mainland China misfits.

The rhetoric of ethnicity in Taiwan To put it bluntly, no one can or should avoid the thorny issue of ethnicity when conducting any kind of cultural studies in Taiwan. Ethnic differences in Taiwan are both highly constructed and fundamentally real; the main ethnic divide lies in ideology instead of race, in temporality rather than locality. 4 The overall ethnic rhetoric is based on the distinction between benshengren (people from this province, Taiwan) and waishengren (people from outside this province);5 in other words, it is “insiders” versus “outsiders,” the legitimate versus the illegitimate, the original owners versus the latecomers.

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