TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 198-207.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002757

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Overseas Chinese Architecture Morphology and Reconstruction of Patriarchal Clan Locality: A Study on Architectural Geography of Chen Cihong’s Former Residence

ZHAO Meiting,WANG Min   

  1. (School of Geography Science,South China Normal University,Guangzhou 510631,China)
  • Online:2016-03-31 Published:2016-03-31

Abstract: This paper tried to analyze the interactive relationship and the mechanism between the transformation of architecture morphology and socio-cultural construction from the angle of view of architectural geography. Chen Cihong’s former residence in Shantou was taken as a case to be studied. We found that the relationship between the morphology evolution of the former residence and socio-cultural construction was coupling and interactive. As the acting forces of the conflict and reconstitution were different in three stages, the morphology and the relationship were also different. What’s more, for the Chen Cihong’s former residence, the locality of patriarchal clan meaning is one of their meeting points. The architecture morphology of the residence showed its locality meaning and the times pushed the former residence’s meaning reconstructing to experience a process from declaring family glory and power to trying to discipline clan volition, and then to performing the place’s and clan’s culture. We argue that more attention for human geography should be paid to the study of the space-time overlying property of Overseas Chinese’s architecture and the locality meaning produced from its cultural connotation.

Key words: overseas Chinese’s architecture, architecture morphology, patriarchal clan locality, Chen Cihong’s former residence