C. J. W.-L. Wee, 2019–2020 | National Humanities Center

C. J. W.-L. Wee (NHC Fellow, 2019–20)

Project Title

Imagining Cultural Asia: Art Exhibitions, Popular Culture, and a Regional Contemporary

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2019–20

C. J. W.-L. Wee completed substantial work for a new chapter on selected exhibitions of Asian contemporary art that appeared in Australia, Japan, the U.S., and Western Europe in the 1990s for his work-in-progress, now tentatively titled A Regional Contemporary: Art Exhibitions and Popular Culture in East Asia. Wee also reworked part of a chapter from that project on how art symposia facilitated Asian contemporary art for an article in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (forthcoming). He also completed the editorial work for a special issue of Inter-Asian Cultural Studies, “Kuo Pao Kun: Art, Culture, Capitalism,” that appeared in the journal’s June 2020 issue which included his substantial introductory essay, “Introduction: Art, Culture, Capitalist Development and Kuo Pao Kun,” and his article, “Beyond National Identity: Kuo Pao Kun’s Contemporary Theatre and an Open Culture.”