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Southwards and Outwards: Representing Chineseness in New Locations in Hong Kong Films

Wendy Gan

in China Abroad

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.003.0006
Southwards and Outwards: Representing Chineseness in New Locations in Hong Kong Films

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This chapter examines films that represent these two moments when a concern with relocation and thus new locations pressed upon the inhabitants of Hong Kong, hence opening up a discussion about Chineseness. It argues that a gradual and sometimes reluctant recognition of the diversity of Chineseness manifested itself in the acknowledgment of the local, specifically of Hong Kong itself. It then discusses films that imagine a Chinese diaspora moving beyond the confines of Hong Kong especially in reaction to 1997. In these films, a move towards a fictive unity based on a common ethnic identity is made as new locations replace Hong Kong as home. However, this unity is undermined as the films consistently explore the meaning of diaspora with a sharp eye on the cracks that run through the “sameness-in-dispersal” that Ien Ang has characterized as the dominant construction especially in Chinese diasporic imaginations.

Keywords: films; Hong Kong; Chineseness; diaspora; fictive unity; ethnic identity

Chapter.  6917 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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