Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar

The Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

2019-11-05 12:00:002019-11-05 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongThe Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
The Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

Dr. Pedith Pui Chan
(Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Date: November 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

    2019-11-05 12:00:002019-11-05 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongThe Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

    Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
    The Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

    Dr. Pedith Pui Chan
    (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

    Date: November 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
    Time: 12:00 – 13:00
    Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
    Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      The Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

      Speaker:

      Dr. Pedith Pui Chan (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      November 5, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Title:

      The Making of Scenic Sites: Tourism and Visual Representations of Scenic Landscape in Republican China

      Speaker:

      Dr. Pedith Pui Chan (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

      Date:

      November 5, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      After its consolidation of power in the late 1920s, the Nationalist government launched a series of projects, including the construction of transport infrastructure in south-eastern China, and the New Life Movement, which aimed to build a strong and united nation, to boost the economy and encourage patriotism. Touring around the nation’s scenic sites was encouraged and deemed a patriotic activity, which contributed to the ‘aestheticisation of life’. The project explores the discourse of and correlation between modern tourism, landscape aesthetic, and nation-building during the Nanjing period (1927-1937). Examining a few scenic sites in southeastern coastal cities such as Mount Yandang and Mount Huang, it investigates how the rise of modern tourism transformed traditional travel culture and how the government deployed landscape aesthetics to represent the nation’s culture and shape the way both locals and tourists view and appreciate its scenic landscape.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Pedith Pui Chan is currently an Assistant Professor of Cultural Management at the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD in Art and Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. Before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong Chan worked as an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests center on the production and consumption of art and cultural heritage in modern and contemporary China. Her recent publications include The Making of a Modern Art World: Institutionalisation and Legitimisation of Guohua in Republican Shanghai (BRILL, 2017). She is currently working on a project on the making of scenic sites in modern China.

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