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Authentic design? transnationalism and modernities in modern East Asian design development

Kikuchi, Yuko (2010) Authentic design? transnationalism and modernities in modern East Asian design development. In: International Cultural Studies Conference: Crossroads, 17-21 June 2010, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Kikuchi, Yuko

The two panels in this session concern the notions of authenticity in the production of three design activities, graphics, craft/products and fashion, across three East Asian regions, China, Japan and Korea. Design creation involves a series of activity ranging from cultural borrowing to branding to re-branding. The varied socio-cultural and historical trajectories in China, Japan and Korea mean that both East Asian and non-East Asian producers are involved in its making. A presumed transnational process seems to be at work yet challenges the expectation of ‘authentic tradition’ in modern design development in East Asia. The extent to which ‘Chineseness’ or ‘Japaneseness’ or ‘Koreaness’ expressed in a specific creation can represent its design identity deserves inquiry. In another words, the components of these terms under the rubric of authenticity and transationality warrant critical scrutiny. Questions arise include the various kinds of ‘authenticity’ discourse in relation to modern design creation and development, the ways in which the idea of ‘authenticity’ engages with modernity, its relation to consumption, national/transnational cultural dynamics and the implications on ‘Orientalism’ and/or ‘Self-Orientalising’, and hybridity. This panel seeks to address these questions through case studies of graphic, craft/product and fashion design in China, Japan and Korea in the 20th and 21st century.

Official Website: http://www.ln.edu.hk/news/20100621/crossroads
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Started in 1996 in Tampere, Finland, the Crossroads Conferences were to fill what was felt to be a gap in the international cultural studies community. Since then it had become one of the most important international conferences in cultural studies where scholars from all five continents get together to exchange their scholarly insights as well as to get in touch with different cultures. Organized by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), Crossroads conference is now held every two years in different parts of the world: Birmingham in UK, Illinois in US, Istanbul in Turkey and Kingston in Jamaica.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Authenticity, Japan, Mingei, craft-design, Japan Brand
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: June 2010
Related Websites: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/docs/CV/YukoKikuchi-CV.pdf
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Event Location: Hong Kong, China
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 14:05
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 12:09
Item ID: 3972
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3972

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