Teaching <i>Song of the Exile</i> in the Diaspora:

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:
Teaching Song of the Exile in the Diaspora:

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This chapter continues the focus on the intersection between diaspora and intimacy by exploring the teaching of the film in Australia as part of the political pedagogy of critical multiculturalism. It illustrates how Song of the Exile cultivates a transcultural literacy that challenges the hegemonic currency of neoliberal multicultural education. It starts by presenting a critical introduction to the role of film as a form of public pedagogy, and problematizes the inclusion of Hong Kong cinema in a pluralist multicultural curriculum. It then demonstrates the minor cinema of Song of the Exile through its diasporic film distribution in Australia. In addition, it reveals how the minor cinema of Song of the Exile is deployed in a site-specific encounter for transcultural literacy. Moreover, the film is critically described as a performative text for border pedagogy. It is shown how a deconstructive pedagogical critical practice is possible by considering the diasporic circulation of the film as an excentric, oppositional, and decentred formation that speaks directly to the exigency of Hong Kong modernity.

Keywords: Song of the Exile; diaspora; transcultural literacy; border pedagogy; minor cinema; Hong Kong; Australia; political pedagogy

Chapter.  10214 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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