Taipei: City of Displacements

Paperback | November 9, 2011

byJoseph R. Allen

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Winner of the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize

This cultural study of public space examines the cityscape of Taipei, Taiwan, in rich descriptive prose. Contemplating a series of seemingly banal subjects--maps, public art, parks--Joseph Allen peels back layers of obscured history to reveal forces that caused cultural objects to be celebrated, despised, destroyed, or transformed as Taipei experienced successive regime changes and waves of displacement. In this thoughtful stroll through the city, we learn to look beyond surface ephemera, moving from the general to the particular to see sociocultural phenomena in their historical and contemporary contexts.

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Winner of the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book PrizeThis cultural study of public space examines the cityscape of Taipei, Taiwan, in rich descriptive prose. Contemplating a series of seemingly banal subjects--maps, public art, parks--Joseph Allen peels back layers of obscured history to reveal forces that caused cultural objects to be c...

Joseph R. Allen is professor of Chinese literature and cultural studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and author of In the Voice of Others: Chinese Music Bureau Poetry and translator of Forbidden Games and Video Poems: The Poetry of Yang Mu and Lo Ch'ing.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.05 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:November 9, 2011Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295991267

ISBN - 13:9780295991269

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Table of Contents

PrefaceNote to ReadersPrologue

1. Mapping the City

2. Picturing the City

3. Traffic in the City

4. A Park in the City

5. Display in the City

6. Statues in the City

7. A Horse in a Park in a City on an Island in the Sea

Postface: Theoretical ConsiderationsNotesChinese and Japanese GlossaryWorks CitedIndex

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Winner of the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book PrizeThis cultural study of public space examines the cityscape of Taipei, Taiwan, in rich descriptive prose. Contemplating a series of seemingly banal subjects--maps, public art, parks--Joseph Allen peels back layers of obscured history to reveal forces that caused cultural objects to be celebrated, despised, destroyed, or transformed as Taipei experienced successive regime changes and waves of displacement. In this thoughtful stroll through the city, we learn to look beyond surface ephemera, moving from the general to the particular to see sociocultural phenomena in their historical and contemporary contexts.Through the prism of Taipei's development, Allen masterfully covers many aspects of visual culture in Taiwan during the past century. The book details cultural debates with insight and draws on many visual forms. Taipei is bound to become a prime source on Taiwan culture. - Yomi Braester, author of Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract