A book review by Associate Professor of Art History Stephen J. Goldberg was published in the latest issue of The China Journal No. 69 (January 2013), 245-247. The review is of A New Thoughtfulness in Contemporary China: Critical Voices in Art and Aesthetics, edited by Jörg Huber and Zhao Chuan. Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
The cultural viewpoints expressed in the essays in this book present a radically different image of the state of contemporary Chinese culture from the perspectives given in European and American publications and the press. They represent an attempt to address the need to forge a contemporary cultural identity and voice, drawn from indigenous Chinese resources, responsive and relevant to the current socio-economic conditions in a globalizing China.