Globalization and Minoritization

Shu-Mei Shih

in Visuality and Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520224513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940154 | DOI:
Globalization and Minoritization

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By presuming that global capitalism's favorite subjects are flexible citizens, and the immigrant and the minority have a privileged access to these subject positions, the question in this chapter is how this flexibility actually works for Sinophone visual workers and artists. Among the visual media, film and video are able to cross national borders much more easily than the traditional plastic arts. The success of Sinophone directors such as Ang Lee from Taiwan and John Woo from Hong Kong in Hollywood further suggests that the translatability of the medium makes the filmmakers themselves more marketable in different cultural contexts, practically granting them the status of flexible subjects. This question of flexibility is crucial to an understanding of the political economy of Sinophone visual culture across the Pacific. This chapter looks at the limits of a coup d'état in theory, flexibility, nodal points, and translatability.

Keywords: Sinophone visual workers; flexibility; plastic arts; visual arts; Ang Lee; John Woo; political economy; global capitalism

Chapter.  8399 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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