The Geopolitics of Desire

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:
The Geopolitics of Desire

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This chapter triangulates the question of identity in media representation among Taiwan, colonial Hong Kong, and China in the mid-1990s, and examines it through the prism of gendered transnational articulation of desire. In light of growing interest in transnational feminism, it also intends to show how transcending national boundaries in transnational organization can encounter insurmountable difficulties in situations where questions of political and cultural identity remain volatile. The simple fact is that feminists are beings in the social, and gender issues are fundamentally constitutive of identity, even when masculinist underpinnings of capital logic appear to be the dominant frame of reference. There is no innocent transnational feminism that can dissociate itself willfully from geopolitics, and there is no geopolitics which is not gendered.

Keywords: China; Taiwan; Hong Kong; feminism; transnational organization; cultural identity

Chapter.  12516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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