The Business of Culture

The Business of Culture : Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65

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Students of Chinese history, literature, cultural studies, and Asian studies.
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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 30 b&w photographs, 5 tables
  • 0774827807
  • 9780774827805

Table of contents

Foreword by Wang Gungwu

Introduction / Christopher Rea and Nicolai Volland

1 Enter the Cultural Entrepreneur / Christopher Rea

Part 1: Cultural Personalities

2 Between the Literata and the New Woman: Lu Bicheng as Cultural Entrepreneur / Grace Fong

3The Butterfly Mark: Chen Diexian, His Brand, and Cultural Entrepreneurism in Republican China / Eugenia Lean

4 Culture by Post: Correspondence Schools in Early Republican China / Michael Gibbs Hill

Part 2: Tycoons

5 Aw Boon Haw, the Tiger from Nanyang: Social Entrepreneurship, Transregional Journalism, and Public Culture / Sin Yee Theng and Nicolai Volland

6 One Chicken, Three Dishes: The Cultural Enterprises of Law Bun / Sai-Shing Yung and Christopher Rea

Part 3: Collective Enterprises

7 Local Entrepreneurs, Transnational Networks: Publishing Markets and Cantonese Communities within and across National Borders / Robert Culp

8 Cultural Consumption and Cosmopolitan Connections: Chinese Cinema Entrepreneurs in 1920s and 1930s Singapore / Chua Ai Lin

9 Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Twilight: The Shanghai Book Trade Association, 1945-57 / Nicolai Volland

Epilogue: Beyond the Age of Cultural Entrepreneurship, 1949-Present / Christopher A. Reed and Nicolai Volland

Glossary; Bibliography; List of Contributors; Index
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This collection of essays represents a new period in the historiography of China, and the vantage point, that of capitalist China revived and flourishing, fits well with the analyses presented in the volume. Indeed, as Rea's theoretical chapter on the concept of cultural entrepreneurship notes, this offers a new approach to "pluralism and mobility in the cultural sphere" (27) beyond the categories imposed by a political analysis. -- Anna Belogurova, Georg-August Universitat Gottingen, Germany * Pacific Affairs *
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About Christopher Rea

Christopher Rea is an associate professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia. Nicolai Volland is an assistant professor of Asian studies and comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University.

Contributors: Chua Ai Lin, Robert Culp, Grace Fong, Michael Gibbs Hill, Eugenia Lean, Christopher A. Reed, Sin Yee Theng, Wang Gungwu, and Sai-Shing Yung
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