Denationalizing Identities: The Politics of Performance in the Chinese Diaspora (Paperback)

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Denationalizing Identities explores the relationship between performance and ideology in the global Sinosphere. Wah Guan Lim's study of four important diasporic director-playwrights--Gao Xingjian, Stan Lai Sheng-chuan, Danny Yung Ning Tsun, and Kuo Pao Kun--shows the impact of theater on ideas of "Chineseness" across China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

At the height of the Cold War, the "Bamboo Curtain" divided the "two Chinas" across the Taiwan Strait. Meanwhile, Hong Kong prepared for its handover to the People's Republic of China and Singapore rethought Chinese education. As geopolitical tensions imposed ethno-nationalist identities across the region, these four dramatists wove together local, foreign, and Chinese elements in their art, challenging mainland China's narrative of an inevitable communist outcome. By performing cultural identities alternative to the ones sanctioned by their own states, they debunked notions of a unified Chineseness. Denationalizing Identities highlights the key role theater and performance played in circulating people and ideas across the Chinese-speaking world, well before cross-strait relations began to thaw.

About the Author

Wah Guan Lim is Associate Professor of Transcultural Chinese Theatre at National Chung Hsing University. He has previously taught at Bard College and the University of New South Wales.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501776717
ISBN-10: 1501776711
Publisher: Cornell East Asia Series
Publication Date: July 15th, 2024
Pages: 268
Language: English