Of training, tokenism and productive misinterpretation: reflections on the After China project

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Copeman, Peter and Scollen, Rebecca. 2000. "Of training, tokenism and productive misinterpretation: reflections on the After China project." Journal of Australian Studies.
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Of training, tokenism and productive misinterpretation: reflections on the After China project

ERA Journal ID34876
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCopeman, Peter (Author) and Scollen, Rebecca (Author)
EditorsGilbert, Helen, Khoo, Tseen and Lo, Jacqueline
Journal TitleJournal of Australian Studies
Number of Pages9
Year2000
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN0314-769X
1444-3058
1835-6419
Web Address (URL)http://www.geocities.com/tseen/diaspora-book.html
Abstract

The theatrical adaptation of Brian Castro's novel, After China, was a substantial performance-as-research project undertaken at the Centre for Innnovation in the Arts, Queensland University of Technology, in 1997 and 1998. Over that period the script, devised by Peter Copeman, went through a total of seven drafts with dramaturgical input from Rod Wissler. The development process included in-house workshops, a showcase reading at the 1997 conference of Australasian Drama Studies Association, and a studio production involving staff and undergraduate students of the QUT Academy of the Arts. From this developed a professional production, directed by Rod Wissler, which toured to Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney in August 1998.
Research activities associated with the professional production included a focus-group feedback session with the cast of seven concerning processes of cross cultural collaboration in the project and how these had impacted on, and been affected by, the individual and collective subjectivities of the cast members.

Keywordscross-cultural collaboration; theatre; interculturalism; Chinese; European; Australian; focus group; identity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
470212. Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
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2000 Copyright is vested in the Journal of Australian Studies. Apart from any fair dealing permitted according to the provisions of the Copyright Act, reproduction by any process of any parts of any work may not be undertaken
without written permission from the editor, Journal of Australian Studies, and the consent of the individual author.
Helen Gilbert, Tseen Khoo and Jacqueline Lo Diaspora: Negotiating Asian-Australia is an issue of the Journal of Australian Studies, no 65, and Australian Cultural History, no 19,2000.

Byline AffiliationsAustralian National University
Queensland University of Technology
SeriesJournal of Australian Studies and Australian Cultural History joint issue
ISBN0702232149
Book TitleDiaspora: negotiating Asian-Australia
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