Technology and (Chinese) Ethnicity

Darrell William Davis

in Cinema at the City's Edge

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099845
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206731 | DOI:

Series: TransAsia: Screen Cultures

Technology and (Chinese) Ethnicity

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This chapter reflects on the themes of technology and Chinese ethnicity using two animated films by Oshii Mamoru: Ghost in the Shell (1995) and sequel Innocence (2004). In these animations, a post-photographic world is dress rehearsal for ethnic transmutations. Ethnicity, like gender, body, and space itself, is exchangeable, fundamentally refigured in new media forms. Chinatown feels familiar in these animated environments, yet it pushes toward defamiliarized, alien, life-like zones of informational identity. Prompted by Oshii's animation, this chapter rethinks ethnicity as remediated or produced through technology, rather than reproduced from profilmic origins.

Keywords: technology; Chinese ethnicity; Oshii Mamoru; Ghost in the Shell; Innocence; ethnicity; Chinatown; animation

Chapter.  5995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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