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Yixing Zisha Pottery: Place, Cultural Identity, and the Impacts of Modernity Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Modernity
Zisha pottery
Tourism
Yixing
Cultural identity
Mass Media
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wu, Fei
Supervisor and department
DeBernardi, Jean (Department of Anthropology)
Examining committee member and department
Kononenko, Natalie (Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Vallianatos, Helen (Department of Anthropology)
Zivkovic, Marko (Department of Anthropology)
Department
Department of Anthropology
Specialization

Date accepted
2015-04-28T14:18:01Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Yixing, a small town in the southeastern Jiangsu Province of China, has been promoted as the capital of pottery, the world of the karst cave, the ocean of bamboo, as well as the oasis of tea, attracting people’s attention from all over the world. “Zisha”, which literately means purple clay or purple sand, or pottery made up Yixing clay, has become collectible and popular in the contemporary China. Yixing zisha pottery, as an indispensable part of Yixing culture, plays a key role in producing locality and cultural identity as well as promoting the development of Yixing. As a native of Yixing, I have applied my personal experience to my study to provide general background and knowledge on the one hand, and employed anthropological theories in my research on the other hand, trying to develop theories that not only suit this question but also other topics. In my research project, I will focus on the place of Yixing, the cultural identity of Yixing zisha pottery, and modern technologies of travel, communication and production, offering evidence of the development of Yixing zisha culture in contemporary society. Moreover, I will use my parents’ zisha studio as example to explore the influence of modernity on Yixing zisha industry through the change of people’s everyday life.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R32B8VK98
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