Taiwan Lecture Series - Wintersemester 2009/2010

Teil 1: Wang Chih-Hung - Budaixi
Teil 2: Chang Bi-yu - Cultural and State Policy
Teil 3: Gunnar A. Kaldewey und Bun-Ching Lam - Creative Couples

Das Taiwan/Greater China-Seminar in diesem Semester findet wie unten folgt statt. Eine ANMELDUNG bei Frau Prof. Mittler ist noetig, bis spaetestens Freitag 16.10.2009!

Studenten koennen in diesem Seminar einen Hauptseminarschein (auch Ostasien-Hauptseminar) erwerben, wenn sie bei Frau Prof. Mittler eine Hauptseminararbeit (mit Nutzung originalsprachlicher Quellen) schreiben und zu jeder Seminarstunde die vorzubereitenden Materialien lesen und ein kurzes Abstract pro Lesetext (ca 200 Woerter) abgeben.

Das Seminar setzt sich aus 3 Teilen zusammen:


Teil 1: Wang Chih-Hung (Academia Sinica)

Public Talk: "Typical popular culture of Taiwan: Budaixi 布袋戲 (Glove Puppetry, Taiwanisches Puppentheater)"

Datum: 16.10.09
Zeit: 11:00 - 13:00 Uhr
Ort: Institut für Sinologie, R 201



In a recent survey in Taiwan, the traditional puppet theatre (布袋戲 Budaixi) was chosen as most representative of Taiwanese culture. Budaixi preserves representative aspects of history, language and culture in a very concentrated way. As a popular form of theatre with many details and quick changes, Budaixi easily touches the heart of the people. Compared to the Kunqu (崑曲) opera, which only highly educated scholars can understand, the dialogues in Budaixi are interesting for both highly educated and common people.

The construction of the script contains traditional values as loyalty (忠), piety (孝), moral conduct (節) and justice (義), as well as popular topics like love (愛情), humor (詼諧) and martial arts (武林). Budaixi is a play for the gods (酬神戲) and a minimized form of traditional opera. Its variety is so wide and manifold that anybody can enjoy this form of entertainment. This is a public talk within the Taiwan Lecture Series and at the same time the first meeting of the course "Learn Taiwanese language with puppet theater".

Language Course Taiwanese:  "Learn Taiwanese language with puppet theater"

Jeden Donnerstag und Freitag
Zeit: 11:00 - 13:00
Ort: Institut für Sinologie, R 101

Examples of Budaixi on the internet:
 Dr. Ma, with English subtitles, cut version
Dr. Ma in Taiwan 1
Dr. Ma in Taiwan 2
"Dr. Mackay in Formosa"(Act-II, Part-2)
"Dr. Mackay in Formosa" Puppet Show (Act-II, Part-4)

Music plays an important part in Budaixi:
Puppet Show
Glove Puppet - China (Daming Courtyard, Part 1)
Hsu Kuo-Liang Puppet Show
Xiamen Puppet Show Tiger

By letting puppets act on a stage, the Taiwanese language will become easy to access and joyful to learn. We will combine basic dialogues with gestures and actions, so the students can get an impression of the whole situation and easily remember the new words and sounds. The contents of the course will contain daily language, interesting common sayings and easy poems. The course is designed to be an interactive introduction to the Taiwanese language.

Teil 2: Chang Bi-yu (SOAS)

"Cultural and the State Policy in post-war Taiwan"

Datum: 09.11.2009
Zeit: 9:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
Ort: Institut für Sinologie, R 201

Datum: 11.11.2009
Zeit: 9:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
Ort: Institut für Sinologie, R 201

 List of Reading Materials

Online Resources:

Chronology of Important Events:
Taiwan History
Portals to the World

Taiwan Literature Studies Database
The Study of Taiwan Literature: An International Perspective
Urban Literature and the Fin de Siècle in Taiwan

The course examines the relationship between the state and culture in post-war Taiwan. The first four lectures discuss how the various political regimes have attempted to control and influence education, cultural production, language use and the media. These are followed by two lectures on the development and themes of contemporary popular Taiwanese culture.

Teil 3: Gunnar A. Kaldewey und Bun-Ching Lam

"Creative Couples"

26. - 28. Oktober

Weiterführende Informationen:


Montag, 26. Oktober

18:00 Uhr Vortrag: A Creative Couple – Bun-Ching Lam and Gunnar A. Kaldewey, Prof. Dr. Wulf D. von Lucius
20:00 Uhr Konzert: Heine, Hölderin and Hiroshige – Chamber Music for Asian and European Instruments, featuring Thomas Buckner (baritone) and Min Xiao-Fen (pipa), New York

Dienstag, 27. Oktober

16:00 Uhr Vortrag: Intercultural MediaVisions: Hiroshige’s Woodblock Prints and Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Lake Biwa), Prof. Dr. Melanie Trede
19:30 Uhr Vortrag: Prof. Dr. Lam Bun-Ching: “Transcultural Music?”
20:00 Uhr Konzert: Mixing Media – Carpets, Clouds and Books: Vocal Music featuring poetry by Dickinson, Beckett and Kaldewey, with Sylvie Robert (soprano), Thomas Buckner (baritone) and Ensemble Phorminx

Mittwoch, 28. Oktober

16:00 Uhr Vortrag und Führung durch die Ausstellung: The Artist Book in a Global World, Gunnar A. Kaldewey
19:00 Uhr Vortrag: Asymmetries of Perception? – Transculturality in Bun-Ching Lam’s Music, Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler
20:00 Uhr Konzert: Seeing Sounds – Like Water, Like Ritual: Chamber Music, performed by soloists of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris



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