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Cultural Translation and East Asia: Film, Literature and Art. Is Creativity Lost in Translation? A discussion of the cultural underpinnings of creativity

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Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas

London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, GB
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In the interrelated knowledge economy the fostering of creativity is key and as such is the focus of many government initiatives internationally. But is an international definition of creativity achievable or even desirable? Comparisons of different cultures’ propensities for creativity are problematic when we consider that most creativity research has taken place
in Western cultures, with Western measures; and when creativity is defined as revolutionary this has often presented a dichotomous view of creativity that equates Westernisation with modernity. As a form of communication, creativity is open to mistranslation across cultures and despite some consensus between the West and Confucian heritage cultures on the desirable attributes to facilitate creativity, misunderstandings of creative practice based on cultural general tendencies such as individualism and
collectivism remain. This paper reviews the literature on the development of concepts of creativity in Western and Confucian heritage cultures as well as reporting on a qualitative research study into the understandings and practice of creativity in a London art and design college in order to comment on the existence of a cross-cultural creativity divide and suggest that rather than be set against each other, creativity is enhanced by cultural creativity exchange and cross-cultural collaboration.
How to Cite: Radclyffe-Thomas, N., (2014). Cultural Translation and East Asia: Film, Literature and Art. Is Creativity Lost in Translation? A discussion of the cultural underpinnings of creativity. JOMEC Journal. (6), p.None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2014.10284
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Published on 01 Nov 2014.
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