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Catherine Kretsschmann-Zhang (China)

The chinesse dress
  The Chinese Dress [2009] I had found this Chinese traditional style dress in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam which is a little bit ironic that even though it was a tradition women fashion symbol for hundreds of years in Chinese history, it has been losing its popularity in China ever since the decades during Culture Revolution from 1960s, at the meantime, western fashion influences got introduced since 1980s as a part of western life style and values, it changed the whole society in all aspects dramatically. As one of the youngsters who was born in 1980s, I've been experienced these changes. As rapid economic development in China shocking the world, it might be the time for us to revise and reflect on our own about Social Value and Cultural Identity to cope up with the changes. The Chinese Dress is as a part of my research on the topic Identity , its aim is to give chance for these reconsiderations about value of traditions and to re-define my own cultural belongings. The photographs had been taken in the oldest district in Hong Kong where small specialization business has been passed down.But unfortunately, they are also slowly giving way to industrial productions and standardized franchising. I chose to be  inside  the shop or the building wearing the Chinese Dress to create some sort of sentimental relationships between me and the shop owners or with the location itself. After 10 years of living abroad, I tried to draw again the curiosity from viewers in order to review and to remember the things that used to make the differences which getting lost in the context of globalization.

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