Asian Material Culture

Edited by Marianne Hulsbosch, Elizabeth Bedford, and Martha Chaiklin

Asian Material Culture

Edited by Marianne Hulsbosch, Elizabeth Bedford, and Martha Chaiklin

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

232 pages | 71 halftones | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789089640901 Published February 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This richly illustrated volume offers the reader unique insight into the materiality of Asian cultures and the ways in which objects and practices can simultaneously embody and exhibit aesthetic and functional characteristics, as well as everyday and spiritual aspirations. Though each chapter is representative, rather than exhaustive, in its portrayal of Asian material culture, together they clearly demonstrate that objects are entities that resonate with discourses of human relationships, personal and group identity formations, ethics, values, trade, and, above all, distinctive futures.



Barbara Watson Andaya

1        Asian Material Culture in Context

Marianne Hulsbosch, Elizabeth Bedford & Martha Chaiklin

2        Moon Cakes and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival: A Matter of Habitus

Elizabeth Bedford

3        Up in the Hair: Strands of Meaning in Women’s Ornamental Hair Accessories in Early Modern Japan

Martha Chaiklin

4        Nonya Beadwork and Contemporary Peranakan Chinese Culture in Singapore and Malaysia

Hwei-Fe’n Cheah

5        Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: The Lion Dance and Chinese National Identity in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Heleanor B. Feltham

6        Works Like a Charm: Cultural Tourism, Colour and its Efficacy in Chinese Miao Traditional Dress

Samantha Hauw

7        Fluttering Like Flowers in a Summer Breeze: Hair Jewellery of Christian Moluccan Women of the Dutch East Indies

Marianne Hulsbosch

8        Tension on the Back-Strap Loom

Audrey Low


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