• City Performance : Chinese New Year in West Kalimantan

    Author(s):
    Frans Prasetyo (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, Visual Anthropology
    Subject(s):
    Chinese studies, Cultural anthropology, Indonesian/Malay culture, Political sociology, Urban geography
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Borneo, Chinese New Year, Cities, Singkawang, urbanism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61Z2V
    Abstract:
    Since the end of the prohibition of Chinese New Year celebrations, the night sky of towns and cities across Indonesia has been illuminated with fireworks on the eve of Chinese New Year. Most notably, the traditional street parades and accompanying festival on the fifteenth day of the New Year have been growing in size in a number of West Kalimantan towns, in particular in Singkawang, a city on the northwestern coast of the province of West Kalimantan (Borneo). As the following visual ethnography aims to reveal, the Cap Go Meh street parades are legible as drama, ritual theatre, a mode of visual identity-making, and political circus and thus, ultimately, as central to the iconography of the city and its ethnicized communities.
    Notes:
    Material article : Text and photography
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 week ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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