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‘Africans’ and the ‘Chinese’ Exhibited in Finland in the years 1926-1928 (2019)

Halmesvirta, A. (2019). ‘Africans’ and the ‘Chinese’ Exhibited in Finland in the years 1926-1928. Acta Ethnographica Hungarica, 64(1), 201-209. https://doi.org/10.1556/022.2019.64.1.11

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Julkaisun kaikki tekijät tai toimittajat: Halmesvirta, Anssi

Lehti tai sarja: Acta Ethnographica Hungarica

ISSN: 1216-9803

eISSN: 1588-2586

Julkaisuvuosi: 2019

Volyymi: 64

Lehden numero: 1

Artikkelin sivunumerot: 201-209

Kustantaja: Akadémiai Kiadó

Julkaisumaa: Unkari

Julkaisun kieli: englanti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1556/022.2019.64.1.11

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Julkaisu on rinnakkaistallennettu (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67419


This article analyses two peculiar cases of ‘otherness’ (alterity), as witnessed on stage at an exhibition of Chinese and African cultures presented by the Finnish Missionary Society from 1926-1928. This exhibition consisted of a man-made figure (re)presenting the Ovambo (African) culture of South-West Africa, in concert with Chinese figures who were made to represent the contemporary culture of China. Of note is the fact that the Chinese part of the exhibition was not as contemporary as proposed. In fact, it had imperial qualities. Both sections of the exhibition were ‘made-in-Finland’ type artificial representations which bordered on total inauthenticity as the organizers did not have anything more indigenous or native to the lands presented at hand. In short, they had to be both inventive and resourceful. In any case, the public (urban middle- and high-class, schoolchildren, teachers, academic and educated people in general) did not seem to care about the ambiguous mixture of apparent (‘white’) identity and (‘black’, Chinese) alterities as they were – for the most part – satisfied with the exhibition, which served as a very rare attraction in Finland at that time.

YSO-asiasanat: afrikkalaiset; näyttelyt; kiinalaiset; kulttuuri; lähetysseurat

Vapaat asiasanat: Afrikka; Kiina; Suomi; Suomen Lähetysseura

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OKM-raportointi: Kyllä

Raportointivuosi: 2019

JUFO-taso: 1

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