Neither a borrower nor a lender be? Better to question how to borrow: An exploration of Asia as method in teaching Drama-in-Education in Hong Kong

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to work with the notion of critical syncretism taken from Chen Kuan-Hsing's, 'Asia as method', in order to examine my own practices as a teacher educator who has responsibilities for teaching drama within the hybridised cultural context in Hong Kong. Taking examples of data that are drawn from a four-year action research, I illustrate my own efforts to resist either valorising or negating Western drama practices. Following Chen, I use the notion of critical syncretism where ideas about learning drawn from a Taoist story are used as an Asian anchoring point as well as a source for developing Drama-in-Education practices. The chapter goes on to illustrate how the concept of critical syncretism allows for a creative reinvention of drama practices that both nurture Asian cultural sensibilities and recognise that such sensibilities have in themselves brushed up against and been influenced by (post)colonialism. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages450-463
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Tam, P. C. (2018). Neither a borrower nor a lender be? Better to question how to borrow: An exploration of Asia as method in teaching Drama-in-Education in Hong Kong. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 450-463). New York: Routledge.

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