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In Transit: The Formation of the Colonial East Asian Cultural Sphere by Faye Yuan Kleeman (review)

In Transit: The Formation of the Colonial East Asian Cultural Sphere by Faye Yuan Kleeman (review) Transnational IN TRANSIT: THE FORMATION OF THE COLONIAL EAST ASIAN CULTURAL SPHERE. By Faye Yuan Kleeman. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2014. 320 pp. Cloth, $52.00. What attracted me to this book was its final chapter, "Dancers of the Empire," which provides one of the first English-language treatments of the history of concert dance in East Asia prior to 1945. The chapter follows somewhat parallel lives of two women, Choi Seunghee (Sai Shki/Ch'oe Sng-hi / , 1911­1969) and Tsai Juiyueh (Cai Ruiyue , 1921­2005), who became the leading figures of modern dance in colonial Chsen (Korea) and Taiwan, respectively. It also details the early artistic trajectory of Ishii Baku ( , 1886­1962), the founder of modern dance in Japan, as well as the larger context of the introduction of ballet and Western modern dance to Japan in the early twentieth century, in connection to the work of Japanese writer Tsubouchi Shy (1859­1935) and the development of the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. In many ways, this chapter reflects the themes of the book as a whole, which traces the complex lives of individuals who traversed and existed between various parts of the Japanese empire. While many of these interstitial http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

In Transit: The Formation of the Colonial East Asian Cultural Sphere by Faye Yuan Kleeman (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 32 (2) – Sep 14, 2015

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Transnational IN TRANSIT: THE FORMATION OF THE COLONIAL EAST ASIAN CULTURAL SPHERE. By Faye Yuan Kleeman. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2014. 320 pp. Cloth, $52.00. What attracted me to this book was its final chapter, "Dancers of the Empire," which provides one of the first English-language treatments of the history of concert dance in East Asia prior to 1945. The chapter follows somewhat parallel lives of two women, Choi Seunghee (Sai Shki/Ch'oe Sng-hi / , 1911­1969) and Tsai Juiyueh (Cai Ruiyue , 1921­2005), who became the leading figures of modern dance in colonial Chsen (Korea) and Taiwan, respectively. It also details the early artistic trajectory of Ishii Baku ( , 1886­1962), the founder of modern dance in Japan, as well as the larger context of the introduction of ballet and Western modern dance to Japan in the early twentieth century, in connection to the work of Japanese writer Tsubouchi Shy (1859­1935) and the development of the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. In many ways, this chapter reflects the themes of the book as a whole, which traces the complex lives of individuals who traversed and existed between various parts of the Japanese empire. While many of these interstitial

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Published: Sep 14, 2015

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