In this study of Hong Kong popular culture, the author draws on current concepts of globalization as well as theories of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Zizek to explore the way in which fantasy operates in relation to ethnic and national identity. This book offers a critical perspective for approaching the question of cultural otherness by problematizing Chinese identity and explaining how Hong Kong popular culture serves as an imaginary screen for its many compatriots seeking to understand what it means to be "Chinese" in a global age. Examining topics that include film, newspaper culture, theme parks, and kung-fu comics and the interaction of the Hong Kong film industry with Hollywood, the author uncovers Hong Kong's "transnational" identity defined in terms of complex relationships with mainland China and with other diasporic communities in Taiwan and the West.
Chinese Face/Off: The Transnational Popular Culture of Hong Kong
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PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press