Glocalization and Interculturality in Chinese Research

A planetary perspective

Authored by: Samuel Leong

The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138909939
eBook ISBN: 9781315693699
Adobe ISBN: 9781317437260


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This chapter discusses some of the critical considerations when undertaking intercultural arts research, and proposes a “planetary-commonality” approach that is sensitive to global–local interactions as the point of departure for generating cultural understanding. It sees “interculturality” as involving positive interactions between different cultures on a number of levels, including sub-cultures, artistic cultures, gender cultures, linguistic cultures, and learning cultures. This distinguishes itself from a “fusion” approach by taking togetherness as the starting point and having the synthesis of “multiple identities” as its essence (see Rentschler & Huong Le, 2008). The three issues of identity, power relations and presence are examined and discussed with reference to three intercultural arts phenomena in Chinese cultural contexts: the transmission of the Cantonese opera tradition, the adaptive resiliency of Chinese diaspora musicians and the development of ‘Cantojazz’ 1 in a post-colonial society.

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