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Speaker: Dr. Lim Wah Guan, University of New South Wales (Australia)

What are the tensions and convergences that define the relationship between the theatre scenes in China and the Chinese diaspora? How does drama suture or rupture the connections among the various Chinese diasporic sites? This lecture draws on the case study of Singapore to discuss the important role theatre played in the rise of local consciousness among the Chinese communities across East and Southeast Asia during the 1980s. I will use the example of Kuo Pao Kun’s efforts in constructing a multilingual theatre praxis to highlight the multiple inferences in identity formation in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

中国和海外华语剧场存在什么样的关系?各地华语剧场之间又形成何种的张力与聚合力? 此场讲座将以郭宝崑建构新加坡多元语言剧场为例,探讨戏剧在1980年代东亚与东南亚华人身份认同建构中所扮演的重要性,据此凸显港、台、中、新四地华语剧场之间的多重关系与张力。

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Lim Wah Guan is a Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Born and raised in Singapore, he received his degrees in Chinese and Theatre and Performance Studies from UNSW (B.A. Hons 1), Oxford (M.St.), Princeton (M.A.), and Cornell (Ph.D.). His research focuses on transnational Chinese literature and theatre, and the politics of culture and performance across East and Southeast Asia. His current book project focuses on four renowned contemporary dramatists: Kuo Pao Kun (Singapore), Gao Xingjian (China), Danny Yung (Hong Kong), and Stan Lai (Taiwan). An avid scholar-practitioner, he has collaborated with local theatre groups such as The Necessary Stage, Dramaplus Arts, and Emergency Stairs.

林华源为澳洲新南威尔士大学,中文系讲师。 出生于新加坡,毕业于新南威尔士大学(荣誉学士学位)、英国牛津大学(硕士)、普林斯顿大学(硕士)以及美国康奈尔大学(博士)。研究领域为华文文学与戏剧,以及东亚、东南亚戏剧表演的文化政治性,聚焦于四位当代著名的华人戏剧家:郭宝崑(新加坡),高行健(中国),荣念曾(香港)和赖声川(台湾)。既是学者,也是热心的戏剧实践者,曾参与本地剧团“必要剧场”、 Dramaplus Arts” 以及“避难阶段”的活动。



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