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From the Editor This issue recuperates aspects of Asian theatre history. The introduction to Dorei by Anne Sokolsky and Tim Yamamura gives us an understanding of the work of Tamura Toshiko (1884­1945) as a transnational author in Japan and the United States in the first part of the twentieth century. While we lack a production history of this work and Tamura had given up acting by the time she wrote the script, the play and Tamura's life give insight into female self-liberation in Japan in the early twentieth century from the perspective of a New Woman herself, making Dorei a valuable document of gender issues during the Meiji transformation. Two of the other articles deal with other transnational issues. Leo Yip's "Comedy of Exotic Conflicts: Chinese Character Plays of Kygen" mines play texts with Chinese settings or characters, explaining the historical background that informs each play, giving us insight into Japanese views of Chinese in earlier periods. Hsieh Hsiao -Mei's discussion of Taiwanese opera (gezaixi) shows the situation of the art in both colonial Taiwan and Japanese-occupied China in the 1930s. Hsieh shows the local adaptations of the same form--artists in Taiwan tried to negotiate the imposition of Japanese language and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

From the Editor

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 27 (2) – Jan 26, 2010

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Abstract

This issue recuperates aspects of Asian theatre history. The introduction to Dorei by Anne Sokolsky and Tim Yamamura gives us an understanding of the work of Tamura Toshiko (1884­1945) as a transnational author in Japan and the United States in the first part of the twentieth century. While we lack a production history of this work and Tamura had given up acting by the time she wrote the script, the play and Tamura's life give insight into female self-liberation in Japan in the early twentieth century from the perspective of a New Woman herself, making Dorei a valuable document of gender issues during the Meiji transformation. Two of the other articles deal with other transnational issues. Leo Yip's "Comedy of Exotic Conflicts: Chinese Character Plays of Kygen" mines play texts with Chinese settings or characters, explaining the historical background that informs each play, giving us insight into Japanese views of Chinese in earlier periods. Hsieh Hsiao -Mei's discussion of Taiwanese opera (gezaixi) shows the situation of the art in both colonial Taiwan and Japanese-occupied China in the 1930s. Hsieh shows the local adaptations of the same form--artists in Taiwan tried to negotiate the imposition of Japanese language and

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 26, 2010

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