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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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Globalization and Minoritization

Globalization and Minoritization

(p.40) 1 Globalization and Minoritization
Visuality and Identity

Shu-Mei Shih

University of California Press

By presuming that global capitalism's favorite subjects are flexible citizens, and the immigrant and the minority have a privileged access to these subject positions, the question in this chapter is how this flexibility actually works for Sinophone visual workers and artists. Among the visual media, film and video are able to cross national borders much more easily than the traditional plastic arts. The success of Sinophone directors such as Ang Lee from Taiwan and John Woo from Hong Kong in Hollywood further suggests that the translatability of the medium makes the filmmakers themselves more marketable in different cultural contexts, practically granting them the status of flexible subjects. This question of flexibility is crucial to an understanding of the political economy of Sinophone visual culture across the Pacific. This chapter looks at the limits of a coup d'état in theory, flexibility, nodal points, and translatability.

Keywords:   Sinophone visual workers, flexibility, plastic arts, visual arts, Ang Lee, John Woo, political economy, global capitalism

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