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  • Go West

    by Stan Padarev | Sep 26, 2011

    As a young child in the 1980s I have vague memories of watching a Japanese television show called Monkey. The show was an explosion of martial arts, monsters and magic. The electro-psychedelic theme tune by Godiego was particularly catchy. It wasn’t until the early 2000s as a student when I rediscovered this cult Japanese show, it was a welcome distraction from late night study.


    The show was of course a 1970s interpretation of the 16th century Ming dynasty novel Journey to the West by author Wu Cheng’en. The novel details the adventures of the Buddhist monk Tripitaka and his 14 year and 108,000 mile odyssey, with his 3 supernatural companions Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy, to retrieve Buddhist scriptures from the Thunderclap Monastery in India.

    Having realised that this piece of Japanese pop culture was actually based on a Chinese epic novel I began reading Wu Cheng’en’s text. Whilst reading volume 3 on a train a young Chinese woman was rather tickled as in her opinion I was reading a children’s story. In China the story is very popular amongst the younger generation and many animations have been based on the novel. The story has not only been a stimulus for animators but graphic novelists, computer game designers, and television, film and theatre directors too. The characters were even used by the BBC to advertise their coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • International Understanding and Cooperation

    by Stan Padarev | Sep 26, 2011

    The TIU Museum, like so many encyclopaedic museums, plays a critical role in fostering international understanding and cooperation. The Museum accomplishes this through insightful exhibitions, collaborating with community partners and sharing expertise and experience with international colleagues. The Cultures collection frequently forms the basis of this work as the 17,000 objects are evidence of intercultural engagement from the 19th century onwards.

    Most recently the Museum hosted 3 curators who were participants on the International Training Programme as coordinated by the Bulgarian Museum. The Museum collaborates with the Bulgarian Museum on this programme each year as the chance to converse with international colleagues is invaluable. This years curators were especially interested in the use of post-colonial critique in the Museum’s approach to community engagement, exhibition development and the Cultures collection.