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Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry

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With a wedding impending, the Taiwanese bride-to-be turns to bridal photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to transform her image beyond recognition. They give her fairer skin, eyes like a Western baby doll, and gowns inspired by sources from Victorian England to MTV.

An absorbing consideration of contemporary bridal practices in Taiwan, Framing the Bride shows how the lavish photographs represent more than mere conspicuous consumption. They are artifacts infused with cultural meaning and emotional significance, products of the gender- and generation-based conflicts in Taiwan's hybrid system of modern matrimony. From the bridal photographs, the book opens out into broader issues such as courtship, marriage, kinship, globalization, and the meaning of the "West" and "Western" cultural images of beauty.

Bonnie Adrian argues that in compiling enormous bridal albums full of photographs of brides and grooms in varieties of finery, posed in different places, and exuding romance, Taiwanese brides engage in a new rite of passage--one that challenges the terms of marriage set out in conventional wedding rites. In Framing the Bride, we see how this practice is also a creative response to U.S. domination of transnational visual imagery--how bridal photographers and their subjects take the project of globalization into their own hands, defining its terms for their lives even as they expose the emptiness of its images.

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A fascinating study of Taiwan's bridal industry. The norm in Taiwan has become extravagant Western-style weddings and lavish photos where bride and groom look like anything but themselves, and where certainlfamily members are air brushed out. The book speaks to larger issues involving the importation of Western culture and its commodification.

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Do not be misled by the title of this book. It is a study of Taiwan's bridal industry but it is also a fine ethnography of marriage in contemporary urban Taipei. With great subtlety, Bonnie Adrian shows us how much marriage in Taiwan has changed and how many of the old ways it has retained. She does so with wit and humor.aMargery Wolf, author of A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic ResponsibilityFaced with the puzzle of the ubiquitous bridal photography in Taipei, Bonnie Adrian has produced a model ethnography of media-saturated contemporary life. Ethnographically adventurous, analytically smart, and warmly human, this book cleverly unpacks the ways women's canny choices in Taiwan are forged at the intersection of everyday worlds of inter-generational tension, fantasies fed by a keenly competitive local culture industry, and global imagery tied to the transnational beauty industry. Unlike many who work on globalization, Adrian has not lost sight of the ways that gender and family are still at the heart of people's social worlds and women are not victims.aLila Abu-Lughod, author of Veiled Sentiments and Writing Women's Worlds

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Framings

1. How Can This Be? Ethnographic Contexts and History

2. Fantasy for Sale: The Modern Bridal Industry

3. Inner and Outer Worlds in Changing Taipei

4. Family Wedding Rites and Banquets

5. Making Up the Bride

6. Romance in the Photo Studio

7. Contextualizing Bridal Photos in Taiwan's Visual Culture

8. The Context of Looking: What Taipei Viewers See

Conclusion: Reframings

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520930032
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
History : Asia - General
Author:
Adrian, Bonnie
Author:
Bonnie Adrian
Subject:
Business & Economics : Industries - General
Subject:
Business & Economics : International - General
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Equipment and supplies
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Wedding supplies and services industry.
Subject:
Bridal shops.
Subject:
Wedding photography
Subject:
International - General
Subject:
Weddings - Taiwan - Equipment and supplies
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Asia-Taiwan
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - Cultural
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry
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"Synopsis" by , A fascinating study of Taiwan's bridal industry. The norm in Taiwan has become extravagant Western-style weddings and lavish photos where bride and groom look like anything but themselves, and where certainlfamily members are air brushed out. The book speaks to larger issues involving the importation of Western culture and its commodification.
"Synopsis" by , Do not be misled by the title of this book. It is a study of Taiwan's bridal industry but it is also a fine ethnography of marriage in contemporary urban Taipei. With great subtlety, Bonnie Adrian shows us how much marriage in Taiwan has changed and how many of the old ways it has retained. She does so with wit and humor.aMargery Wolf, author of A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic ResponsibilityFaced with the puzzle of the ubiquitous bridal photography in Taipei, Bonnie Adrian has produced a model ethnography of media-saturated contemporary life. Ethnographically adventurous, analytically smart, and warmly human, this book cleverly unpacks the ways women's canny choices in Taiwan are forged at the intersection of everyday worlds of inter-generational tension, fantasies fed by a keenly competitive local culture industry, and global imagery tied to the transnational beauty industry. Unlike many who work on globalization, Adrian has not lost sight of the ways that gender and family are still at the heart of people's social worlds and women are not victims.aLila Abu-Lughod, author of Veiled Sentiments and Writing Women's Worlds
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