Current IssueFall 2016

TRUONG TIEN DUNG

Formation de la représentativité culturelle des souvenirs touristiques artisanaux. Le cas de Hué, Viet Nam

Abstract: Tourists are always interested in cultural representations of the visited destination, conveyed in several forms including handicraft souvenirs, which are some of the most acquired items. Despite their crucial importance to tourism studies, such cultural representations occupy a lesser place in the literature. This article explores the process of forming representative handicraft souvenirs in Vietnam. Relying on in-depth interviews with various tourism stakeholders, seven local and national cultural themes embodied in the artifacts inventoried after their purchase by Francophone tourists will be analyzed.

MONIQUE PROVOST-CHATIGNY

Rythmer les corps pour socialiser. Ethnologie des activités récréatives du djembé au Québec

Abstract: The djembe––a West African hand drum––along with its traditional Mandingo repertory, had been globalized by the end of the 20th century. In Québec, the cultural appropriation of the djembe goes far beyond artistic expression. Other social uses can be observed such as: therapy, team building, intercultural learning, and cultural leisure. This article presents the results of a survey conducted among recreational djembe players. In a moment of leisure, why would someone choose to hit an African drum? Exoticism would be an easy explanation for why someone plays the African djembe in North American society. However, this research shows that beyond exoticism there are more pragmatic reasons. The ethnological data presented here, based on Marcel Mauss and André Leroi-Gourhan's traditional rhythm anthropology theory, shows that recreational djembe playing is a collective praxeology that aims to create social corporeality. This collective process works in a bodily symbiotic relationship, which is created through the hand drum rhythm. The result is a curative effect: the release of stress caused by the participant's lifestyle.

HEATHER READ AND THE LANDSCAPES OF INJUSTICE
RESEARCH COLLECTIVE1

The Legacy of a Hidden Camera: Acts of Making in Japanese-Canadian Internment Camps During the Second World War, as Depicted in Tom Matsui's Photograph Collection

Abstract: This paper adds to growing documentation of various object making practices that occurred during the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. The arts-informed research for the paper was conducted as part of the Landscapes of Injustice Project (LOI), which explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadian property during this time. In response to the massive loss of their possessions, out of necessity Japanese Canadians made gardens, furniture, and buildings, among other objects, while in camps. I share some diverse examples of campbased making before deeply exploring the life and photographs of Tom Matsui. Tom's photographs show evidence of making in camps, but are also material culture made in a camp. I suggest they have an important message of political resistance embedded in their creation.

 

REASEARCH REPORTS


XINGPEI LI

Transnational Identities of Early 20th Century Chinese Immigrants: A Study of Chinese Graves in the General Protestant Cemetery in St. John's, Newfoundland

JEREMY MOYLE

Thimble Cottage and the Country Cottage Tradition in 19th century St. John's, Newfoundland

 

BOOK REVIEWS


Diane Chisholm

Ingstad, Benedicte. 2017. A Grand Adventure: The Lives of Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad and Their Discovery of a Viking Settlement in North America. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.

DAVID P. STEPHENS

Bradley, Ben. 2017. British Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.