Presentation on theme: "Address to the Royal Asiatic Society, HK Branch Speaker: Juni L. Yeung, MA (CUHK), BA (Toronto)"— Presentation transcript:
Address to the Royal Asiatic Society, HK Branch Speaker: Juni L. Yeung, MA (CUHK), BA (Toronto)
Thanks to… The Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch Marianne Yeo, and the Friends of the Art Museum, CUHK Ltd. Toronto Guqin Society And participants like YOU. Thank you.
The dilemma Why is our China so distant from its own tradition? Why is our China so distant from its own tradition? Huaxia Restoration: Continuing since Revolutionary China Huaxia Restoration: Continuing since Revolutionary China A demand for guiding ideology: Hanism New Citizen A demand for guiding ideology: Hanism New Citizen Pop Media and Identity Pop Media and Identity
No More Guzhuang (Ancient clothes) Lack of industry standards, or even aesthetic basis Imagination to dynastic (period) to fashion/sartorial Settling once and for all the basis of authenticity Good cutting and shape Proportions Colour-matching Materials The modern Hanfu: Distinguishably different…?
The System of Objects Classified by article types, or by functionality The latter type describes outfits, rather than pieces Period distinctiveness forgone and blended Some sub-categories still exist, with remnants of period terms
A quick pictorial guide Yi Shang Ku / Pao Shenyi Shoufu Zufu Xieyi
The market so far A debate between quantity vs. quality Quantity: Scale production Pricing and distribution channels: Hancai (Hancolor) but lacking control of authenticity (Hanyifang) Quality Restoring materials and weave at all costs (Minghuatang) Simple materials and colors but impeccable reproductions (Jinglian Mantang) Few to buy and small atelier, hard to reach