New imaginings and actions of drama education and applied theatre in NIE4 in Asia

Wan-Jung WANG, Po Chi Pansy TAM, Byoung Joo KIM, Heng Leun KOK

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Abstract

Since the end of the 1980s in the NIE4 – Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore – in Asia, progressive cultural and educational policies have developed along with tremendous economic growth, and a belief in the value of cultivating excellent human resources has provided the fertile ground to plant the seeds for Drama Education and Applied Theatre in schools and community settings. Drama Education and Applied Theatre projects have therefore been implemented in different ways and manners in different policy contexts and funding systems in the NIE4 either through government programmes or Non-governmental Organization (NGO) and civil organisations. They have developed in different directions as well as encountering different problems over 20 years. This essay aims to give a brief survey and investigation into these innovative imaginings and actions in the NIE4 and it ventures to present the issues and concerns that practitioners are seeking to ponder and solve. It also aims to explore the relationship between these praxes and the respective social, cultural and political changes in these areas and investigate the various responses and efficacy these praxes in Drama Education and Applied Theatre have done to their respective societies as well as investigate the challenges they posed to the existing social and educational orthodox ideologies. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-93
JournalResearch in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online dateFeb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Citation

Wang, W.-J., Tam, P.- C., Kim, B. Y., & Kok, H. L. (2013). New imaginings and actions of drama education and applied theatre in NIE4 in Asia. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 18(1), 79-93.

Keywords

  • NIE4
  • Post-colonial and post-modern
  • Drama education and applied theatre
  • Posing social dissidence
  • Re-evaluating confucius ideologies
  • Providing public space

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