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Classical Chinese Gardens in Twenty-first Century America: Cultivating the Past

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Carol Brash

College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University
About Carol
Carol Brash is an Assistant Professor at the College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University.
She is an art historian who teaches in the Art Department and in the Asian Studies Department. Her research interests include representations of Chinese gardens and the history of photography in China.
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This paper presents a brief examination of three tracts of American real estate that have been transformed into Chinese-style gardens. Each re-presentation serves a specific function at its particular site and also creates and perpetuates symbolic meaning that goes beyond the individual site to connect to other sites past and present. In each case, the re-presentation demonstrates adaptations and continuations in function and meaning. The three sites used to illustrate the range of adaptations were chosen for their diversity in several areas: the defining and reinventing of authenticity, their sizes and locations, the type of installation, their origin story and funding, the reflexivity of the institution about the changes made, and programs to produce meaning for the viewers. In their commitment to preserve, recreate, and sustain the past, these institutions have transformed the physical form of the garden. Hybridization is unavoidable when transferring a cultural icon, especially one so layered in meaning as the garden in China.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.18
How to Cite: Brash, C., (2012). Classical Chinese Gardens in Twenty-first Century America: Cultivating the Past. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 19(1), pp.17–29. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.18
Published on 19 Jan 2012.
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