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The Question of the Nation in Contemporary Chinese Film: An Introduction

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Abstract:

The government of the People’s Republic of China is committed to a policy of irredentism with regard to Taiwan, and Taiwan, for its part, seems at best interested in maintaining the status quo and, increasingly over time, more inclined toward all out separation from the Mainland when it comes to matters of State. Yet there is little pondering of this problem in Chinese cultural studies. The four articles in this symposium do not all explicitly address the problem of the nation in Chinese film to the exclusion of other themes, but they do implicitly engage this issue as they endeavor to parse the work of filmmakers from the liang’an sandi of the PRC, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Keywords: Chinese culture; Chinese film; People’s Republic of China; national consciousness

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ac.15.1.2_2

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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