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Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers
     

Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia: The Eclectic Architecture of Sojourners and Settlers

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by Ronald G. Knapp
 

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Featuring over 350 beautiful photographs, Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia captures the architectural heritage of a vibrant community.

The multiple Chinese migrations from southeastern China to Southeast Asia have had important implications for both regions. In Southeast Asia this influence can be seen in the architecturally eclectic homes these

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Featuring over 350 beautiful photographs, Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia captures the architectural heritage of a vibrant community.

The multiple Chinese migrations from southeastern China to Southeast Asia have had important implications for both regions. In Southeast Asia this influence can be seen in the architecturally eclectic homes these migrants and their descendants built as they became successful; homes that combined Chinese, European and local influences, especially during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia strives not only to be an informative but also an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture—filled with stunning color photographs and essays on nearly thirty well-preserved homes.

Extensive information about the symbolism implicit in the decorative elements that make up each of the homes is presented. This includes an examination of ornamental elements that are Chinese in origin as well as those decorative components that are Western. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia has been written in a nontechnical style, accessible to lay readers who are interested in the extraordinary architectural heritage of China, much of which is only now beginning to be appreciated.

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"The author has opened new doors to all of us who are fascinated with the plurality of Southeast Asia." —Wang Gungwu, historian

"This beautifully composed and produced book results from the effective collaboration of an experienced scholar and a talented photographer." —CHOICE Magazine

"This book is a compilation of photographs of Asian homes created with Eastern and Western influences from the last 200 years. The home featured here are owned by Chinese migrants who have adopted designs and practices they have seen in other places." —Travel Life Magazine

"The specific results and surveys are delightful and make this architectural and historical piece of interest to far more than arts collections alone." —Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462905874
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
02/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
45 MB
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Meet the Author

Ronald G. Knapp has been carrying out research in China's countryside on cultural and historical geography since 1965. Currently SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz, he is the author or contributing editor of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation and Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past.

A. Chester Ong, born in the Philippines and currently based in Hong Kong, has photographed widely throughout Asia. His photography appears in magazines, exhibitions, as well as books, including China Modern, Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation, China Living and Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past.

Wang Gungwu is currently University Professor and Chairman (former Director) of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore after a distinguished career as administrator and professor at the University of Hong Kong, the Australian National University, and the University of Malaya. An eminent historian, he is especially noted for his scholarly work on Chinese migration, settlement, and identity in Southeast Asia. The recipient of accolades from around the world, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge in June 2009, he is the author or editor of scores of books that continue to guide scholars and students in their understanding of the complexity of China's history.

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