Introduction: We Must Create?

Jeroen de Kloet, Yiu Fai Chow, Lena Scheen

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    Premised on the imperative of creativity, this introduction explicates discourses saturated with notions of individual talent marked by inspiration, newness, and innovation. It offers context to the book's aim to critically re-enter the idea of creativity, by aligning it to three concepts, considered by the authors to be emblematic for the Creative China of our time: boredom, shanzhai (a vernacular Chinese term connoting copying and appropriation), and digitisation. All three hover around ideas of innovation, newness, and their constitutive flip sides of copying and repetition. After a discussion of these concepts, foregrounding their concerns and the question of what creativity may enable as well as disable, the chapter introduces the organising logic of the book and the ensuing chapters.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBoredom, Shanzhai, and Digitisation in the Time of Creative China
    PublisherAmsterdam University Press
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Electronic)9789048535538
    ISBN (Print)9789462984745
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2019

    Publication series

    NameAsian Visual Cultures


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