Global Dreams and Nightmares: The Underside of Hong Kong as a Global City in Fruit Chan’s <i>Hollywood, Hong Kong</i>

Edited by Kam Louie

in Hong Kong Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028412
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206960 | DOI:
Global Dreams and Nightmares: The Underside of Hong Kong as a Global City in Fruit Chan’s Hollywood, Hong Kong

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Globality is a plane of immanence without exteriority. However, by the same token, globality is always unstable and cannot be enclosed as a totality. Its constitution through virtual images opens “it” up from within and makes it vulnerable to the alterity of the image as such. In the case of Hollywood, Hong Kong, the aesthetic image captures and preserves marginal forms of sociality that have been globalized out of existence and the entire process of their vanishing. Of course, such aesthetic images can always be appropriated by hegemonic calculations. For example, independent films such as Fruit Chan's have a symbolic value in calculations of global city status for Hong Kong. The new vocation of aesthetic form, this chapter suggests, is to dissect and anatomize global connectivity at each and every level of its manifestation in daily life and to show what it enables and disenables, without nostalgia, despair, or utopian hope.

Keywords: globality; virtual images; alterity; Hollywood, Hong Kong; aesthetic image; hegemonic calculations; Fruit Chan; global city; films

Chapter.  7625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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