Re-turn to 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:
Re-turn to Hong Kong:

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This chapter addresses the ethics of re-turn by exploring the genre of the film and its politics of memory. It first examines the film in its historical context to map the key styles of her female authorship. It then addresses the textual authorship by approaching the film text through the framework of postcolonial feminist autobiographical cinema. It further reviews the female authorship by considering the film as melodrama. As postcolonial feminist autobiographical cinema and melodrama, Song of the Exile returns to the sites of the family home and memory to rewrite master narratives. Moreover, it emphasizes this as a narrative of re-turn by investigating the intimate histories that are inscribed in this space. For Hong Kong, the film's practices of re-turn provide an ethics to consider its current political transition as an ethics of self-fashioning and co-existence that confronts the honesty of its diasporic yet intimate relationship to the motherland, China.

Keywords: Song of the Exile; Hong Kong; re-turn; authorship; memory; intimate biography; autobiographical cinema

Chapter.  11595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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