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Visuality and IdentitySinophone Articulations across the Pacific$
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Shu-mei Shih

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224513

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224513.001.0001

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Visuality and Identity

Shu-Mei Shih

University of California Press

This book is an attempt to understand the Sinophone in its various intertextual moments of cultural articulation situated within the transnational political economies and cultural relationships with China, Asia, and the United States, and analyzes Sinophone's overdetermined axes of articulation in time and space. It argues that the definition of the Sinophone must be place-based and sensitive to time, being able to attend to the process of its formation and disappearance. The chapter discusses visuality and identity in global capitalism and Sinophone articulations, and ends by noting the differences between the Sinophone and the Chinese played out on the transnational stage. The case in point is a highly publicized rivalry between Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee and Hero by Zhang Yimou.

Keywords:   transnational political economies, cultural relationships, Sinophone, global capitalism, Crouching Tiger, Hero

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