Fantasies of “Chinese-ness” and the Traffic in Women from Mainland China to Hong Kong in Fruit Chan's <i>Durian Durian</i>

Edited by Helen F. Siu

in Merchants' Daughters

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207189 | DOI:
Fantasies of “Chinese-ness” and the Traffic in Women from Mainland China to Hong Kong in Fruit Chan's Durian Durian

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This chapter analyzes cross-border prostitution as hauntingly portrayed in Fruit Chan's film, Durian Durian. It argues that the film questions hegemonic fantasies of “Chinese-ness” by putting into circulation a set of haunting counter-hegemonic images of the female migrant that exposes flexible accumulation and the consumer fantasies it has generated in mainland China. The main protagonist, Xiao Yan, also personifies an incisive critique of the myth of the Chinese diasporic entrepreneur since the migrant sex worker is intimately linked to the opening up of the mainland to economic globalization. More strikingly, the migrant sex worker embodies many of the traits and characteristics of the savvy and flexible migrant entrepreneur that are celebrated as virtues and ideals both in Hong Kong and in the People's Republic of China, at the level of the state and society.

Keywords: prostitution; Fruit Chan; Durian Durian; Chinese-ness; Chinese diasporic entrepreneur; migrant sex worker; migrant entrepreneur; Hong Kong; People's Republic of China

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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