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This website is a crowdsourced history of colonial South, Southeast, and East Asian theatre during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As part of the courses ‘Theatre and the World’ and ‘The Ghosting of Hong Kong Theatres’ at the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, students conduct archival research and write historical essays on a topic of their choice. Through readings of secondary texts, students learn how to think critically about what it means to produce theatre under colonial rule. The case studies on this website show how students developed their own scholarly arguments based on their research of primary sources and their understandings of the class readings.

This website has been created by Michael Kyung Hyun Ju and Rashna Darius Nicholson.

Background Image:

'Wayang Orang Performance in 1884' by Kassian Céphas is in the Public Domain

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