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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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Conclusion: The Time and Place of the Sinophone

Conclusion: The Time and Place of the Sinophone

(p.183) Conclusion: The Time and Place of the Sinophone
Visuality and Identity

Shu-Mei Shih

University of California Press

In coining the term Sinophone, the foremost concern has been to challenge specific “regimes of authenticity” which are themselves but constructs that have exercised various forms of symbolic or physical violence against those who are either problematically included or flagrantly excluded. Various ethnic peoples were made “Chinese” in a procedure that is known today as national consciousness, which can itself be a form of colonialism. By proposing the linguistic category of the Sinophone, this chapter aims to emphasize that the diaspora has an end date and that the linguistic community is a community of change and an open community. It also retrospectively considers the time and place conjunctions raised by the concepts of identity in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and evaluates their visual cultures in relation to the Sinophone identity.

Keywords:   Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, colonialism, Chinese diaspora, linguistic community

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