Heritage and the Politics of Culture
This double panels focus on the discussion of how memory and identity has been inextricably intertwined with the five senses—sound, sight, smell, taste and touch and their relations with traditional meanings in the context of everyday social life in East Asia. Panelists would like to trace the social, political and economic impacts of the five senses through various cultural practices and interrelations among five senses in everyday life in East Asian countries. For example, incense, music, dance, vision, exhibition engagement, experience of eating and tasting, body consciousness in mediations, sense of space, etc. Popular media attention throughout the post-war period has focused primarily on sight and sound because of the influence of television, while academics have been paying more attentions on internet and other social media in mobile phone during the last two decades. However, in the 2000s onwards, changing conditions in the global and national economy in some East Asian countries have drawn people’s attentions on the rediscovery of individual’s senses with the growing interests in taste, smell and touch as well as body consciousness. Here, through the double panels with the same title, we would like to explore the rich forms of social life and activities in related to the construction of cultural identity, and aim to encourage discussion of the relationship between personal senses and mainstream cultures such as Chinese & Japanese Incense, Yi nationality’s festival and dance, Yunnan puer tea, Japanese whale meat, Vietnamese museum exhibition, Taiwanese rice from colonial Japan, meditations, sensescape, etc.