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Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan

Refracted Modernity: Visual Culture and Identity in Colonial Taiwan

by Yuko Kikuchi


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Since the mid-1990s Taiwanese artists have been responsible for shaping much of the international contemporary art scene, yet studies on modern Taiwanese art published outside of Taiwan are scarce. The nine essays collected here present different perspectives on Taiwanese visual culture and landscape during the Japanese colonial period (1895–1945), focusing variously on travel writings, Western and Japanese/Oriental-style paintings, architecture, aboriginal material culture, and crafts. Issues addressed include the imagined Taiwan and the "discovery" of the Taiwanese landscape, which developed into the imperial ideology of nangoku (southern country); the problematic idea of "local color," which was imposed by Japanese, and its relation to the "nativism" that was embraced by Taiwanese; the gendered modernity exemplified in the representation of Chinese/Taiwanese women; and the development of Taiwanese artifacts and crafts from colonial to postcolonial times, from their discovery, estheticization, and industrialization to their commodification by both the colonizers and the colonized.

Contributors: Chao-Ching Fu, Chia-yu Hu, Yuko Kikuchi, Kaoru Kojima, Ming-chu Lai, Hsin-tien Liao, Naoko Shimazu, Toshio Watanabe, Chuan-ying Yen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824830502
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Note on Transliteration     ix
Introduction   Yuko Kikuchi     1
Images of Taiwan and the Discovery of the Taiwanese Landscape
Colonial Encounters: Japanese Travel Writing on Colonial Taiwan     21
The Beauty of the Untamed: Exploration and Travel in Colonial Taiwanese Landscape Painting     39
Japanese Landscape Painting and Taiwan: Modernity, Colonialism, and National Identity     67
The Demise of Oriental-style Painting in Taiwan     83
Images by and about Women
The Changing Representation of Women in Modern Japanese Paintings     111
Modernity, Power, and Gender: Images of Women by Taiwanese Female Artists under Japanese Rule     133
Construction of Taiwan's Vernacular Landscape
Taiwaneseness in Japanese Period Architecture in Taiwan     169
Taiwanese Aboriginal Art and Artifacts: Entangled Images of Colonization and Modernization     193
Refracted Colonial Modernity: Vernacularism in the Development of Modern Taiwanese Crafts     217
Bibliography     249
Contributors     273
Index     277

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