The Notion of "Orientalism" in the Modernization Movement of Chinese Painting of Hong Kong Artists in 1960s: The Case of Hon Chi-fun

Eva Kit Wah Man

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Abstract

The article first outlines the cultural background and situation of Chinese artists in the colonial Hong Kong in the 60's. Their frustrated claims for development and evolution of Chinese painting and aesthetics were expressed and concluded by their representative and leader, Lu, who suggested and promoted a controversial notion of »Orientalism«. Different from that of Edward Said, Lu's notion implied a modified version of nationalism. The influences and practices of Lu's theory are examined, including his oppositionals. The presentation then introduces the case of Hon Chi-fun's artistic practice. Hon illustrated a unique way of being »Oriental«, both in his artistic experiments and beliefs. His case is followed by readings and analyses from the philosophical, psychological and cultural angles utilizing theories of Western and Chinese aesthetics, psychoanalysis and post-colonialism. The author discusses the problems of transnationalism and transculturalism in contemporary aesthetics from a Hong Kong experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-178
Number of pages18
JournalFilozofski Vestnik
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

User-Defined Keywords

  • aesthetics
  • philosophy of culture
  • orientalism
  • Hong Kong culture

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