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Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlersby Ronald G. Knapp
Synopses & Reviews
The migration of Chinese from southeastern China to the Nanyang—the peninsular and insular region known today as Southeast Asia—is a significant component of the world’s major cultural diasporas. After many of these migrants and their descendants became successful, they built architecturally eclectic homes—shophouses, bungalows, villas, and mansions—that combined Chinese, European, and local influences. It is the story of these hybrid architectural forms, built under different social and geographical environments than had been known at home in China and thus the products of cultural fusion, that is the focus of this book. While most of these old buildings have disappeared, scattered throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, there still remain; fine examples worth studying, documenting, and explaining.
Over a three-year period from 2007 to 2009, Ronald G. Knapp and A. Chester Ong made; five; field excursions to Asia in search of the old homes of Chinese sojourners and settlers. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia, a fascinating account of architectural multiculturalism in the pre-modern world, presents the results of their research. An introductory essay portrays the historical circumstances that gave rise to Chinese houses overseas, and includes historic images, color photographs, paintings, and line drawings.
At the core of the book are stunning color photographs of nearly forty residences built from the late eighteenth into the early twentieth century. For each residence, background information about the individual and his family who built and then lived there is given. These tales reveal the entrepreneurial spirit of the immigrants as well as the social and economic circumstances in which they lived. Images and drawings from southeastern China help clarify similarities and differences, and, in several cases, related family residences in China are also presented. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia complements Knapp and Ong’s 2005 award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, which highlighted more than twenty of China’s most significant historic residences.
"The author has opened new doors to all of us who are fascinated with the plurality of Southeast Asia." —Wang Gungwu, from his foreword
andlt;bandgt;Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Architecture "Book of the Year" Award!andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Exquisite examples of traditional dwellings are scattered throughout modern-day China. andlt;iandgt; Chinese Housesandlt;/iandgt; focuses on 20 well-preserved traditional Chinese homes, presenting examples from a range of rural and metropolitan areas throughout China.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The photographs of each are accompanied by extensive background information and historical content. An introductory essay examines the different types of Chinese homes and provides an overview of the rich regional variety of Chinese dwelling forms. It also provides insights into little-known design concepts that emphasize the flexibility, adaptability, and versatility of traditional building forms and the work of traditional craftsmen.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Richly illustrated with photographs, woodblock prints, historic images, and line drawings, andlt;iandgt;Chinese Housesandlt;/iandgt; portrays an architectural tradition of amazing range and resilience.
Over a period of several years, noted Chinese cultural historian Ronald G. Knapp traveled throughout Southeast Asia, searching out homes built by the first generations of successful Chinese settlers during the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. In andlt;iandgt;Chinese Houses of Southeast Asiaandlt;/iandgt;, Knapp presents an eye-opening account of how Chinese migration into Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam spawned a unique hybrid architectural style that combined Chinese, European, and local influences.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Many of these overseas Chinese heritage homes are disappearing, but Knappand#8212;along with renowned photographer A. Chester Ongand#8212;visited a number of the shophouses, bungalows, villas, and mansions that remain.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;More than three dozen of these elegant residences form the core of this book, and through essays, historic photographs, paintings, and line drawings, Knapp draws an illuminating portrait of each residence along with background information about the families who built and lived in them. These profiles reveal the entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese as well as their social and economic circumstances. A stunning marriage of scholarship and photography, andlt;iandgt;Chinese Houses of Southeast Asiaandlt;/iandgt; explores a little known branch of Chinese architecture and provides a new perspective on Chinese migration, settlement, and identity in Southeast Asia.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Ronald G. Knappandlt;/bandgt; has been carrying out research in China's countryside on cultural and historical geography since 1965. Currently SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz, he is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning andlt;iandgt;Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nationandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past.andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;A. Chester Ongandlt;/bandgt;, born in the Philippines and currently based in Hong Kong, has photographed widely throughout Asia. His photography appears in magazines, exhibitions, as well as books, including andlt;iandgt;China Modern, Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, China Livingandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past.andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Wang Gungwuandlt;/bandgt; is currently University Professor and Chairman (former Director) of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore after a distinguished career as administrator and professor at the University of Hong Kong, the Australian National University, and the University of Malaya. An eminent historian, he is especially noted for his scholarly work on Chinese migration, settlement, and identity in Southeast Asia. The recipient of accolades from around the world, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge in June 2009, he is the author or editor of scores of books that continue to guide scholars and students in their understanding of the complexity of China's history.
Table of Contents
Contentsandlt;BRandgt;1. Introductionandlt;BRandgt;2. Mei Lanfang Houseandlt;BRandgt;3. Siheyuan Houseandlt;BRandgt;4. Qiao Family Manorandlt;BRandgt;5. Fan Family Houseandlt;BRandgt;6. Henan Cave Dwellingsandlt;BRandgt;7. Wang Family Manorandlt;BRandgt;PUBLICATION DATandlt;BRandgt;March 2005andlt;BRandgt;FORMATandlt;BRandgt;Hardco er,Dustjacketandlt;BRandgt;PAGESandlt;BRandgt;206 and#251;224 ppandlt;BRandgt;DIMENSIONSandlt;BRandgt;9 x 10 inchesandlt;BRandgt;230 x 254 mmandlt;BRandgt;Portraitandlt;BRandgt;Photographsandlt;BRandgt;8. Kang Family Manorandlt;BRandgt;9. Canal-side Housesandlt;BRandgt;10. Shen Family Homeandlt;BRandgt;11. Qing Teng Shuwuandlt;BRandgt;12. Cheng Zhi Tangandlt;BRandgt;13. Yan Li Louandlt;BRandgt;14. Deng Xiaping Houseandlt;BRandgt;15 Luo Ruiqing Houseandlt;BRandgt;16. Ma Family Houseandlt;BRandgt;17. Tai Fu Taiandlt;BRandgt;18. Zhen Cheng Louandlt;BRandgt;19. Fu You Luandlt;BRandgt;20. De Xing Tangandlt;BRandgt;21. Mao Zedong House
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