1st Edition

Cultural Policy in East Asia Contemporary Issues and Trends

Edited By Lorraine Lim Copyright 2014

    This book provides an introduction to the contemporary issues that are occurring in cultural policy in East Asia today. Interest in East Asia has grown considerably in recent years due not only to the emergence of economic super-powers such as China but also to the cultural impact the region is making throughout the world through Japanese film and Korean Pop-Music. Addressing the relationship between the state, culture and the creative economy, this collection highlights how cultural policy within this region has to be understood within its social, historical and political context. By presenting a variety of chapters that examine the role of culture within the countries of China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, this book offers readers an insight into the key issues affecting development of cultural policy in these countries.

    This book was originally published as a Special Issue of the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

    1. Introduction: Cultural Policy in Asia Lorraine Lim

    2. Cultural policy between the state and the market: regulation, creativity and contradiction Q.S. Tong and Ruth Y.Y. Hung

    3. Ambitions of a global city: arts, culture and creative economy in ‘Post- Crisis’ Singapore Lily Kong

    4. Corporate support for the arts in Japan: beyond emulation of the Western models Nobuko Kawashima

    5. Constructing habitus: promoting an international arts trend at the Singapore Arts Festival Lorraine Lim

    6. Progress without consensus: ‘instituting’ Arts Council in Korea Hye-Kyung Lee

    7. Rebooting the dragon at the cross-roads? Divergence or convergence of cultural policy in Taiwan Hsiao-Ling Chung


    Lorraine Lim is a Lecturer in Arts Management at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her primary research interests lie in investigating new and current strategies utilised by cities in Asia to transform themselves into capitals of culture. Her current research projects include labour conditions in the arts and cultural sector.