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21 Jun 2017

IIAS special issue on 'Artistic Alternatives in East Asia'

A special issue of the IIAS Newsletter examines the artistic and creative practices emerging in East Asia and how they are gaining prominent status, not only in the art scene, but in society as a whole. Rather than mirroring social transformations, these groundbreaking practices initiate thought-provoking alternatives for both art and life. They have become instrumental for bringing forward new subjectivities and reshaping the intrinsic values of social and cultural well-being.

You can read about:

  • how contemporary Chinese artists are tackling problems of waste

  • Dongdaemun Rooftop Paradise: community-engaged, collaborative, collective art practice in Seoul

  • digital storytelling in Japan to develop media literacy and counter bigotry


as well as a focus on Southeast Asian film festivals, new developments in South Asian archives, Asian art in Australia and recreating Peranakan culture in Malacca.

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The Newsletter is a free academic publication produced three times a year by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS).