Periphery matters : a cultural biography of Peking Opera in Hong Kong

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Periphery matters : a cultural biography of Peking Opera in Hong Kong

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Periphery matters : a cultural biography of Peking Opera in Hong Kong
Author: Chan, P.L.
Issue Date: 2017-09-12
Keywords: Hong Kong
Chinese theatre
Peking Opera
Performance Studies
Abstract: This dissertation is about Peking Opera in Hong Kong. I (re)construct its history, from the early twentieth century to the present day, through the life stories of six individuals who are significant to the topic in various periods and respects. The theoretical base of this project derives from Igor Kopytoff’s notion of Cultural Biography and from (qualitative) Social Network Analysis. I collect my data by ethnographic methods, which include interviews, participant observation and archival research. In addition to the production of a critical history of Peking Opera in Hong Kong, this dissertation shows how various individual and institutional stakeholders envision and embody their versions of “Chinese-ness” through Peking Opera. I argue that after the 1997 handover, Peking Opera has become a space for the authorities and performers to negotiate their Chinese identities between the “local” (i.e. Hong Kong) and the “national” (i.e. The People’s Republic of China). This identity-building consequently affects their stance toward, or practice of, Peking Opera. My research also shows that some of these identity-driven practices have made a “reverse impact” on presentational conventions in the Chinese mainland.  
Promotor: Supervisor: Maghiel van Crevel Co-Supervisor: Wilt Idema
Faculty: Humanities
University: Leiden
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/54688
 

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