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Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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An indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the dynamism underpinning what some are calling the Chinese Century. In these portraits of sixteen extraordinary women, whose achievements in art, dance, literature, music, and theater have profoundly shaped contemporary aesthetic, cultural, and social discourses, we glimpse worlds upon worlds, any one of which may change the very ways in which we make meaning of our time on earth. This is a treasure. (Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood)
"Is there 'something unexplained about women that only a woman can explain' (to rephrase Georgia O'Keeffe's statement into a question)? Under its chief editor, also a woman―Michelle Vosper, who was Director of the Hong Kong Arts Program at the Asian Cultural Council for 25 years―Creating Across Cultures explains it vividly and movingly. I find the life stories of these artists as fascinating as their ebullient creations. In particular, Vosper has done a most remarkable and touching portrait of the source of inspiration for them all―the inimitable Nieh Hualing (Leo Ou-fan Lee, Sin Wai Kin Professor of Chinese Culture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and author of Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945)
My heart is so full of joy reading this book. Creating Across Cultures is the result of many years of meticulous research, and it comprehensively documents the achievements of female aesthetics through the work of these important artists. The writing is also about real lives, their loves and struggles. Readers will connect with concrete life experiences that no abstract theories should replace. (Eva K. W. Man, author of Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender and Politics)
[A] handsomely produced. . . . lavishly illustrated volume. (Frances Wood Times Literary Supplement)
About the Author
Michelle Vosper is an independent writer and consultant who has lived in Asia for more than half her life. As director of the Hong Kong office of the Asian Cultural Council for twenty-five years, she worked closely with leading artists across the region. She now lives on a farm in rural New Jersey with her family.