Investigating Sustainability of Cultural Identity in Taiwanese Teapots: Based on the Exhibition, The Finest Teapots in Taiwan

By Po-Wen Yu and Ming-Chyuan Ho.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Due to blooming economics and the growing ceramic industry, drinking Gongfu tea with a unique teapot has been recognized as a new lifestyle in Taiwan. Once the product has become part of our lives, it links automatically with our society and turns into part of our culture. The difference between cultural and general product design is that most product design often is either based on consumer demands or is conducted after the establishment of a target product. For cultural design, one needs to consider the meaning of subject itself in the culture, the cultural implication and significance. Only the products with cultural identities could have a chance to become an icon in the cultural history and continuously develop. Our study focused on the investigation of the cultural identities of Taiwanese teapots. It employs research objects: including the personnel involved in the “In-Depth Interviews” and “Focus Group” studies from professional sectors. Samples are exclusively collected and analyzed from the exhibition, The Finest Teapots in Taiwan. As a result, some fundamental principles have been confirmed for the design of Taiwanese teapots. Furthermore, tentative models for the design of ceramic teapots with a Taiwanese identity are also proposed for the future development of contemporary teapots and their sustainability.

Keywords: Cultural Identity, Taiwan, Teapot

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 17, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 832.488KB)).

Po-Wen Yu

Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliou, Yunlin, Taiwan

Professor Ming-Chyuan Ho

Professor, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan, Taiwan