The Diasporas of Hong Kong

Audrey Yue

in Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028757
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206618 | DOI:
The Diasporas of Hong Kong

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This chapter analyzes the intimate relationship between the homeland and the diaspora. It first offers a critical overview of Ann On-wah Hui's films to show the centrality of the diaspora in her oeuvre. It then explores the film's representations of homelands (Britain, China, and Japan) to illustrate the diaspora's intrinsic yet contradictory relationship to the homeland. It also demonstrates how new practices of diasporic intimacies are produced by the displacement of migration. The film's representations of the second home (Macau, Manchuria) are further evaluated to critically consider its excentric location as a new ontology for Hong Kong modernity. The diasporas featured in Song of the Exile question the place of home and its condition of belonging. Diasporic intimacy and second homes provide a new ontological and genealogical beginning to considering Hong Kong modernity.

Keywords: diaspora; Hong Kong; Ann On-wah Hui; Britain; China; Japan; Macau; Manchuria; migration

Chapter.  12262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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