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Riassunto: In the mid-1930s, the man who made his fortune with Tiger Balm (a popular "cure-all" medicine even today) decided to build these gardens for overseas Chinese to educate them about their culture. This book documents, with over 300 photos and supporting text, these unusual gardens and the medicine that paid for them.
Dall'autore: We're not Chinese. This is important to know when reading this book. Our relationship with the gardens began when we visited them as Western tourists. Quite simply, we fell in love with the gardens. Our view of the gardens is based on our experiences and acculturation. We freely admit there will be ingrained nuance we miss and meaning we add that results from our cultural bias. This is the story through our eyes--through our delight in and wonder of the fantastic visual world in which Aw Boon Haw lived. In July 1993, we embarked on a working vacation to see the Tiger Balm Gardens in Hong Kong and Singapore. We thought we would find outrageous gardens, and we did. But behind them is a great story. The gardens didn't just spring up spontaneously overnight; they were created by a fabulous personality. For us the gardens and Aw Boon Haw's story became inseparable. You can love the gardens simply for what they are, but knowing Aw Boon Haw explains why they are what they are. When we met Sally Aw in 1994 she didn't tell us about her father--she showed him to us. To educate us about Aw Boon Haw she took us to Fujian and Burma, invited us to her home, and introduced us to her family members. As much as we love the gardens, you must know that we were born too late. We were only three and five when Aw Boon Haw died. We never saw the gardens in their most-loved state, when Aw Boon Haw visited one or the other each day. But the first time we walked throught the gardens, we saw them with our childhood senses. Their magic allowed us to return to times of hide-and-seek and racing to discover each wondrous new space. Even better, the genius of the gardens is, for us, that each time we visit them a new view, a new feeling, a new experience can be found. That is As Boon Haw's gift to us. While a book can't transmit the experience of this kind of environment, it can document in a two-dimensional way the version of genius that creates such a respite from collective reality. As we understand it, the Chinese are good at creating such respites. Centuries of invented gardens have provided escape from society held together by a rigid social order. The rich always had this escape. What makes the Tiger Balm Gardens different is that they were opened to everyone. It is a novel concept: providing aeas of escape to the masses--for free. In the 1930s when these gardens were built, theme parks were non-existent. The unlimited resources that went into building these environments makes them singular in fantasy environments. Not until the mid-1950s with the advent of Disneyland did anything match them. And Disneyland was far from free. Aw Boon Haw lived his life by his personal motto, "That which is derived from society should be returned to society." The gardens were but one small piece of what he returned to society. As a world culture, we've become obsessed with interactive entertainment. Personal environments once viewed as wonders have become passe, anachronistic; their subtlety deemed boring. But it is their very preposterousness, their fragility, that makes them both wondrous and impossible. Usually they are crafted of materials that are impermanent. Momentary looks at individual, idiosyncratic reality, they are doomed to lives as brief as a butterflies'--they have no hope of surviving even one century. In order to survive past the lifespan of their originators, they must find a marketing niche that provides funds for their upkeep. Threatened with destruction over the years, the gardens appear to have met their match with a struggling Asian economy. The property in Hong Kong has been sold. The house will be taken down to make room for high-rise apartments. The future of the sculptures is uncertain; some may remain in new arrangements, but Aw Boon Haw's original vision will be lost. Although owned by the government, the Singapore gardens are leased to private companies to manage. They have not been commercially successful even though promoters have reinvented them several times over the last decade. These gardens' future is unclear.
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Descrizione libro An Boon Haw Foundation. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Codice libro della libreria G9626720522I4N00
Descrizione libro An Boon Haw Foundation, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Brand new large format hardcover in jacket, illustrated throughout. oversized and overweight Chinese theme parks. Please email for photos. Larger books or sets may require additional shipping charges. Books sent via US Postal. Codice libro della libreria 33455
Descrizione libro An Boon Haw Foundation, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P119626720522
Descrizione libro south china printing, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. hardback book and dust jacket in fine condition,still in shrinkwrap,partially opened. Codice libro della libreria 26466
Descrizione libro An Boon Haw Foundation, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG9626720522