It’s finally out! The book, Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, a project that took four years to complete, is now in book stores. And it is gorgeous.
The book is a collection of profiles of 16 visionary women artists. Written by journalists and scholars with deep knowledge of the arts in Asia, and richly illustrated with images of art and historical events, the collection reveals the vibrance of women’s art in the region.
As the project manager and photo editor of the book, we worked with the editors in the US, the designer in Hong Kong, and photographers/copyright holders around the world to bring this book to life.
Praises from critics and readers have been very encouraging:
Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan is an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the dynamism underpinning what some are calling the Chinese Century. In these portraits of sixteen extraordinary women, whose achievements in art, dance, literature, music, and theater have profoundly shaped contemporary aesthetic, cultural, and social discourses, we glimpse worlds upon worlds, any one of which may change the very ways in which we make meaning of our time on earth. This is a treasure.Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood
Is there ‘something unexplained about women that only a woman can explain’ (to rephrase Georgia O’Keeffe’s statement into a question)? Under its chief editor, also a woman—Michelle Vosper, who was Director of the Hong Kong Arts Program at the Asian Cultural Council for 25 years—Creating Across Cultures explains it vividly and movingly. I find the life stories of these artists as fascinating as their ebullient creations. In particular, Vosper has done a most remarkable and touching portrait of the source of inspiration for them all—the inimitable Nieh Hualing.Leo Ou-fan Lee, The Sin Wai Kin Professor of Chinese Culture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and author of Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945
Editor: Michelle Vosper
Publisher: Muse (East Slope Publishing Limited)
Hardback, 360 Pages, English
Publication date: February 2017