Taipei: City of Displacements (McLellan Endowed Series)

Taipei: City of Displacements (McLellan Endowed Series)

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0295991267

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winner of the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize

This cultural study of public space examines the cityscape of Taipei, Taiwan, in rich descriptive prose. Contemplating a series of seemingly banal subjects--maps, public art, parks--Joseph Allen peels back layers of obscured history to reveal forces that caused cultural objects to be celebrated, despised, destroyed, or transformed as Taipei experienced successive regime changes and waves of displacement. In this thoughtful stroll through the city, we learn to look beyond surface ephemera, moving from the general to the particular to see sociocultural phenomena in their historical and contemporary contexts.
















planimetric (twodimensional) in design, with standards of scale and topo1.2 1897 Outline Map of Taipei, Dadaocheng, and Mengjia in modern cartographic style. Courtesy of National Taiwan Library; labeling by author Mapping the City 27 graphic representations formally stated in an accompanying legend.45 The conventions of these maps were as if to say: we don’t quite know what we are going to do with this space, but clearly it will be part of a vision that leans more toward Tokyo and Europe than

China” as well as international, and it had to be presented to both local and international audiences. An index of that duality is that Pictorial featured both Chinese and English captions (although they were not entirely equivalent in content or tone). The first issue of Taipei Pictorial opens with a two-page fold-out of downtown Taipei, where “in celebration of the 80th birthday anniversary of President Chiang Kai-shek, a chorus of one hundred thousand cheering people sing[s] out their sincere

types of facilities out into the suburbs and into the future. In the 1930s, under the increasing demands of military expansion, work on the park system stalled, and then came to an abrupt halt with the outbreak of war. This Japanese plan for a park system is what the Nationalist government adopted as its own when it, too, projected in its 1956 urban plan a utopia of parks, schools, and boulevards for the eastern suburbs.69 Over time, many of those public spaces were eventually developed, although

as is seen in the Western Renaissance treatment of Greek and Roman statuary.14 Sergiusz Michalski traces the beginnings of public statuary in the West to the late sixteenth century, which commenced “an almost three-centurylong process of evolution in the course of which the fledgling public monument lost most of its monarchical or aristocratic strictures and became—in the late nineteenth century—the preserve of bourgeois political culture and representation.”15 This led to the “statumania” of

than reconstruction,” says the plaque (in English). The statue now stands by itself on the hillside with a commanding view of the entire park; the fragmented Chiang looks down on an array of his complete forms (fig. 6.3). The explanation on the plaque contains elements of historicization, naming the original artist, Lin Muchuan, and its original installation; it also says that “the primary principle is to respect originality 154 Chapter Six 6.3 Cihu Memorial Sculpture Park, Chiang Kai-shek

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