Use of Performance Traditions as A Tool for Nation Building in Asia Paper

How have performance traditions been used as a tool for nation-building in Asia? Use at least one specific example from the course so far to elaborate your answer. For instance, how did the story about the Devadasi tradition get reframed in independent India and for what purposes? Or how does the tension between the Wayang Kulit and Wayang Golek traditions play out in the many competitions that have been instituted across Indonesia in the post-Suharto era? Or how does theater become a stage for politics during China’s Cultural Revolution?

We only talked about Noh Theater, Shadow puppetry, Butoh, Cai Luong, Chinese Acrobatics, Shinpa, and Bunroku