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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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After National Allegory

After National Allegory

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(p.140) 5 After National Allegory
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Visuality and Identity
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Shu-Mei Shih

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224513.003.0006

This chapter turns to the big question of what is internal to the allegorical form in Hong Kong. Is it possible that at the moment of allegorization, the actual “Hong Kong” disappears? What if, after peeling the glossy surfaces of allegory, overlaid by so many nostalgias, there is but the literal banality of everyday life? What if, after an initial construct of post-1997 Hong Kong as a postcoloniality after British colonialism, the postcoloniality never arrives? In trying to answer these questions through an examination of selective filmic and cultural texts that take 1997 as the main frame of reference, the discussion hopes to illustrate the ambivalent site of the Sinophone in Hong Kong's relationship to China and Chineseness.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Sinophone, China, Chineseness, postcoloniality, 1997

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