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Here and Forever: Representations and Reviews of Folklore beliefs in Taiwan animations

Presented by Mr Yick Sau Wilson Lau (Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University)

Presented at the conference 'Cultural Heritage: tradition in dialogue with modernity'

Venue: Room AGWR (the Graham Wallas Room), Old Building,  London School of Economics (LSE)

Date: Friday 12 July 2013, 10am-11am

Discussant: Stuart Thompson (Taiwan Research Programme, LSE)

Abstract

Folklore beliefs overflow into all aspects of everyday life in Taiwan. They are not only pure religious beliefs, but also spectrums which open the imagination at social, economic and philosophical levels. Recently, there has been a great revival of interest in religious functions associated with folklore in Taiwan, such as temple fairs and the pilgrimage for Matsu. Also, academic research on folklore beliefs has increased. People are concerned with several issues: How do we define the position of folklore beliefs in a modern setting? How does modern society relate to seemingly 'traditional' folklore beliefs? How do film and television affect the mobility and translatability of folklore beliefs and exhibit a different view on folklore beliefs? This paper is designed to explore the representations and reviews of folklore beliefs in three Taiwan-made animations: Grandma and Her Ghosts (1998), Mazu (2007), and Time of Cherry Blossoms (2010). Animations tend to produce a unique representation of the closeness of folklore beliefs to our everyday life. It will also acknowledge the significance of animations and their possible role as a form of cultural heritage for folklore beliefs.

About the Speaker

Lau Yick Sau Wilson is a postgraduate student in the Department of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University.

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