In Search of the Origins

  • Caroline Chia


Advocating the view that “the past is to serve the present”, this chapter is concerned with the dichotomy of tradition and modernity. In many contemporary societies where technology and new trends prevail, people ponder little how the historical past is of strong relevance to the present, and even future. As mentioned in Chap.  1, Hokkien theatre is part of a popular cultural phenomenon in the twentieth century and is still pushing its way through the current millennium. Despite its relative popularity, it is still an understudied area that deserves more scholarly attention, especially in the English medium. Its diversity and widespread dissemination today owed its origins back in southern Fujian, particularly Quanzhou, which once achieved international acclaim as a thriving port city. This maritime status promoted cultural intermingling that shaped political stance as well as socio-cultural developments, including the theatrical tradition that flourished in this coastal region.


Origins Maritime port Overseas trade Sea travel Cultural interaction 


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

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