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Goddess across the Taiwan Strait: Matrifocal Ritual Space, Nation-State, and Satellite Television Footprints

Goddess across the Taiwan Strait: Matrifocal Ritual Space, Nation-State, and Satellite Television... his essay examines complex interactions among the nation-state, popular religion, media capitalism, and gendered territorialization as these are inflected across the Taiwan Strait. Relations across the strait have been fraught with political tension and military preparations over the question of whether Taiwan is part I thank the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for funding this research; the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, for providing a research base in Taiwan; Dongsen Television News for allowing me to accompany their crew to Fujian; and Dong Zhenxiong of Zhenlan Temple and Zhang Xun for my interviews at the temple. I am grateful to Lin Meirong for inviting me to present this essay at the International Conference on Mazu Belief and Modern Society, at Chaotian Temple in Taiwan, in May 2001; and to Chin Chuan Lee for organizing the China Times Conference, “Media, Nationalism, and Globalization: The Case of China,” at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, Minneapolis, in May 2001. Versions of this essay were also presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Francisco, in November 2000 (thanks to Jeff Himpele); the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., in December 2000; the Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Public Culture Duke University Press

Goddess across the Taiwan Strait: Matrifocal Ritual Space, Nation-State, and Satellite Television Footprints

Public Culture , Volume 16 (2) – Apr 1, 2004

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2004 by Duke University Press
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0899-2363
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1527-8018
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10.1215/08992363-16-2-209
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his essay examines complex interactions among the nation-state, popular religion, media capitalism, and gendered territorialization as these are inflected across the Taiwan Strait. Relations across the strait have been fraught with political tension and military preparations over the question of whether Taiwan is part I thank the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for funding this research; the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, for providing a research base in Taiwan; Dongsen Television News for allowing me to accompany their crew to Fujian; and Dong Zhenxiong of Zhenlan Temple and Zhang Xun for my interviews at the temple. I am grateful to Lin Meirong for inviting me to present this essay at the International Conference on Mazu Belief and Modern Society, at Chaotian Temple in Taiwan, in May 2001; and to Chin Chuan Lee for organizing the China Times Conference, “Media, Nationalism, and Globalization: The Case of China,” at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, Minneapolis, in May 2001. Versions of this essay were also presented at the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Francisco, in November 2000 (thanks to Jeff Himpele); the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., in December 2000; the Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, in

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Public CultureDuke University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2004

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