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Introduction to Themed Issue on Performance in Asia

Vol. 10, No. 2 (2014): 6–11.


“Performance in Asia” is the second of two themed issues of the International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies (IJAPS). It follows part one, “Music in Asia,” which appeared in IJAPS Volume 9, Issue 1. Like its counterpart, this themed issue brings together articles from various disciplines and regions across Asia, presenting research on Singapore, Taiwan, Pakistan and Japan. The material analysed ranges from live theatre, both avant-garde and popular, to puppet plays, film and television.

Author’s bio

Joshua Paul Dale has been a full-time faculty member (gaikokujinkyoshi) of the Department of English at Tokyo Gakugei University since 1995. He received his PhD from the English Department at the University of Buffalo, where he was a Presidential Fellow. Dale’s book project, Sex Acts Across Culture, proposes a theory of “sex acts”—performative acts grounded in the corporeal—to articulate a new relationality in gendered cross-cultural encounters. Dale is also a performance artist with over fifteen years of stage experience.


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