The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, Vol. 51



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Format: paperback

ISBN: placeholder

Publication: 01 Apr 2020

Publisher: The Oriental Society of Australia

The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA) has been published annually since 1960 out of what is now the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney. A peer-reviewed journal, it carries papers in a range of disciplines, including literature, history, linguistics, archaeology, media, philosophy and politics, as well as substantial book reviews. Initially concentrated on China and Japan, in recent years its regional cover has expanded to include Korea, India, Tibet and South-East Asia.


Special Issue
Asian Puppet Theatres: Traditions, Transitions, Renditions

  • Performing Puppet Conservation: Concepts of Expertise and Significance in the Conservation of Chinese Glove Puppet Costumes, by Rosie H. Cook, Kim Siebert, Kuo Chien-fu and Ma Si-yuan
  • Transmuting Tradition: The Transformation of Taiwanese Glove Puppetry in Pili Productionsby Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen
  • A Preliminary Study of Chaozhou (Teochew) Iron-stick Puppet Theatre in Singapore, by Caroline Chiai
  • Embracing New Performance Spaces to Survive: The Changing Social Context of Indonesian Wayang Potehi, by Kaori Fushiki
  • Breathing New Life into Potehi Glove Puppets in Penang, Malaysia: Advocating a Community-engaged Approach, by Tan Sooi Beng
  • The Syncretic Spectrum between Tradition and Post-Tradition: Revitalising Traditional Korean Puppetry with Contemporary Satire, by Mina Kyounghye Kwon
  • Regional Love and Hate: Working around Censorship in Mid-Edo Period Ningyō Jōruri, by Masumi Harada
  • Profits and Puppet Theatre: Economics beyond Permanent Stages, by Tove Bjork
  • Takeda Karakuri: Mechanical Puppet Performance Techniques in Historical Documents and Current Practice, by Yamada Kazuhito


  • Two Scenes from Biography of the Lady (Goddess Chen Jinggu): A Religious Marionette Play, by Wen Yuan-ning and others, edited by Christopher Rea

Personal Reflection

  • The Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum from the Stage to the Museum and Backby Robin Ruizendaal

Book Reviews

  • Jottings under Lamplight, by Lu Xun, ed. Eileen J. Cheng and Kirk A. Denton, reviewed by Lynda Ng
  • Divine Threads: The Visual and Material Culture of Cantonese Opera, reviewed by Rosie H. Cook
  • Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution, by Xing Fan, reviewed by Chao Guo
  • The Poison of Polygamy: A Social Novel, by Wong Shee Ping, reviewed by Jocelyn Chey
  • Sergius Seeks Bacchus, by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, reviewed by Soo Choi
  • Contentious Belonging: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia, ed. Greg Fealy and Ronit Ricci, reviewed by Meghan Downes

Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 mm
ISBN: placeholder
Publication: 01 Apr 2020