1920-45 Inter-Asia Design Assimilation: Translations, Differentiations and Transmission

Open Lecture


1920-45 Inter-Asia Design Assimilation: Translations, Differentiations and Transmission is a one-day conference derived from the AHRC awarded project (2012-4), Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World, led by Dr Yuko Kikuchi (University of the Arts London) and Dr Wessie Ling (Northumbria University), examining inter-East Asia cultural dynamics in three regions, China, Japan, Korea, in three design activities, graphics, product/craft, fashion. Speakers include regional experts, from Japan and Korea, as well as UK scholars in the field. Held in the Design Museum (London), the conference investigates transnational flows, modernities and cross-cultural dynamics in East Asian designs in the early 20th century. We welcome design historians, curators, design postgraduates and scholars in the regions and fields to participate in the conference. Event is opened to the public. Reservation is highly recommended.


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    Dr. Yuko Kikuchi

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    I was born in Tokyo and trained in Japan, the USA and UK. My on-going interest in cross-cultural dimensions of arts started with the UK-Japan cultural relations that produced an international travelling exhibition and book Ruskin in Japan 1890-1940: Nature for Art, Art for Life (1997), followed by my PhD work on the Japanese folkcrafts (Mingei) movement which led to the subsequent publication of Japanese Modernisation and Mingei Theory: Cultural Nationalism and Oriental Orientalism (2004).
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