performed but not spoken (2): symbolic reduction, language ideology, and ‘amis popular music

We are used to the idea that language is a form of cultural patrimony. Many arguments for endangered language preservation, in fact, begin from this premise, which defines languages as Continue Reading →

far oceaning and imagined communities

although our sinophone neighbors hardly ever mention far oceaning, unless they have connections to tungkang or kaohsiung’s caoya harbor, far ocean narratives did enter into national imaginations as well as Continue Reading →

spears or umbrellas? dance and the politics of stance

what are the stakes in the revival or reformation of ritual? to answer that question we might ask (1) what kinds of stances do particular revivals or ritual practice afford, Continue Reading →

chiang gone, and confucius in the corner

the appearance of malikoda in public representations of taiwan resonates with a broader movement toward a multicultural public sphere. as i have noted elsewhere (see, for example hatfield 2008), democratization Continue Reading →