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Palgrave Macmillan

Cultural Policies in East Asia

Dynamics between the State, Arts and Creative Industries

ISBN 9781137327765
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Corresponding with their increasing political and economic significance, East Asian countries are actively devising cultural policy so as to make their mark in the global cultural landscape. This book takes a detailed snapshot of past and current cultural policies in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. In addition to a historical overview of culture-state relationships in the region, the contributors provide an analysis of contemporary developments in the regions' cultural policies and their challenges. They interrogate the transforming dynamics between the state, arts and creative industries against the regions' rapidly changing political and economic backdrops. Three emerging themes are highlighted: the continuity of cultural identity formation linked with nation building; the contentious coupling between culture and the state and the challenges it faces; and the emergence of creative industries as a new link between culture and economy.

Hye-Kyung Lee is Lecturer at Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London, UK. She researches cultural policy, cultural industries, cultural consumption and fandom within both global and East Asian contexts.
Lorraine Lim is Lecturer in Arts Management at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. She has edited a book on cultural policy in Asia, which will be published in 2014. Her current research interests are in the transformation of cities into Capitals of Culture and issues surrounding creative labour.

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List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Cultural Policies in East Asia: An Introduction; Hye-Kyung Lee and Lorraine Lim
1. Bureaucratic Imaginations in the Global City: Arts and Culture in Singapore; Terence Chong
2. Cultural Difference, National Identity and Cultural Policy in Taiwan; Li-jung Wang
3. Online Games and Chinese National Identities; Anthony Fung
4. Nation Branding of Korea; Kiwon Hong
5. Culture and the State: From a Korean Perspective; Hye-Kyung Lee
6. Negotiation and Adaptation: Singapore Theater as Civil Society; Lorraine Lim
7. ReOrienting Cultural Policy: Cultural Statecraft; and Cultural Governance in Taiwan and China; Jerry C.Y. Liu
8. The Paradigm Shift in Local Cultural Policy in Japan; Mari Kobayashi
9. The Reform of the Cultural System: Culture, Creativity and Innovation in China; Michael Keane and Elaine Jing Zhao
10. Creative Industries, Creative Clusters and Cultural Policy in Shanghai; Xin Gu
11. Developing the Creative Economy: The Network Approach of the Five Municipalities in Taiwan; Hsiao-Ling Chung
12. The Film Industry in Japan: Prospering without Active Support from the State?; Nobuko Kawashima

Terence Chong, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Hsiao-Ling Chung, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Anthony Y. H. Fung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Xin Gu, University of Melbourne, Australia
Kiwon Hong, Sookmyung Women's University, Korea
Nobuko Kawashima, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan
Michael Keane, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Mari Kobayashi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hye-Kyung Lee, King's College London, UK
Lorraine Lim Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Jerry C Y Liu, National Taiwan University of Arts
Li-Jung Wang, National Central University, Taiwan
Elaine Jing Zhao, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


'This book will be widely welcomed for the insights it provides on the state of cultural policy in five East Asian states: Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan...Indeed what is most impressive is the way in which each chapter captures an essence of a nation's individual socio-economic and cultural history or contemporary context. Yet at the same time themes emerge which resonate across these diverse sites.' - Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, 2014
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