In Practice

  • Caroline Chia


Having discussed the origins of Hokkien theatre and its historical development from the modern to the contemporary, which are largely shaped by socio-political factors, this chapter offers a more concrete study of the theatrical art forms based on ethnographic fieldwork, including observing and conducting oral history interviews with existing practitioners in the three sites—Taiwan, Kinmen and Singapore. Through thick descriptions of the actual practices in Hokkien theatre, a comparative analysis of these three sites is provided to link the past with the present and illustrate how practices differ. Some of these theatrical practices are on the verge of extinction and faced various issues, such as the lack of successors to continue the art form, making documentation of these customs even more necessary.


Theatrical practices Practitioners Fieldwork Comparative analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Chia
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesNanyang Techological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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