From Tian'anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens, 1989-1997

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Global perceptions of China have changed dramatically since the massive student protests that took place in Tian'anmen Square in April 1989. The media spotlight trained on Beijing, and the international uproar over the events of that spring still shape the world's perceptions of the People's Republic and the ways that Chinese people, within and beyond China, see and portray themselves.

In From Tian'anmen to Times Square, leading film scholar Gina Marchetti considers the complex changes in the ways that China and the Chinese have been portrayed in cinema and media arts since the Tian'anmen revolt. Drawing on her interviews with leading contemporary Chinese filmmakers, Marchetti looks at a wide range of work by Chinese and non-Chinese media artists working in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore and on transnational co-productions involving those places. Focusing on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality on global screens, Marchetti traces the momentous political, cultural, social, and economic forces confronting contemporary media artists and filmmakers working within "Greater China."

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Darrell Y. Hamamoto
Marchetti offers a sophisticated analysis of the thoroughgoing transformation of contemporary Greater China as mediated by an integrated international cinema system held in a curious interplay between state-controlled and free-market institutions. Particularly noteworthy is the equal weight Marchetti places upon both internal migration within China (at a level unprecedented in human history) and overseas immigration, with particular emphasis on Canada and the U.S.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132782
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 China and the Chinese on world screens, 1989-97 1
2 Buying American, consuming Hong Kong : Chungking express, The opium war, These shoes weren't made for walking, and Comrades : almost a love story 31
Interview : Paul Lee 63
3 Working women in the People's Republic of China : Out of Phoenix Bridge, Women from the lake of scented souls, and A little life opera 69
Interview : Allen Fong 90
4 Gangland Taiwan in the transnational imagination : Mahjong and Goodbye South goodbye 94
Interview : Edward Yang 121
5 The postmodern condition in Singapore : Mee Pok man and Twelve storeys 124
Interview : Eric Khoo 148
6 Transnational cinema and hybrid identities : to liv(e) and crossings 157
Interview : Evans Chan 183
7 Gender and generation in Clara Law's migration trilogy : Farewell China, Autumn moon, and Floating life 189
8 Fighting diaspora : the legacy of Bruce and Brandon Lee in Rapid fire 208
9 In the space of the square : The gate of heavenly peace 219
Interview : Carma Hinton 238
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