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Between Memory and Forgetting: Clara Law’s Vision of the Transnational Self in Autumn Moon

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My reading of the film Autumn Moon will follow Clara Law’s dismantling of these dichotomous categories to her provocative cinematic imagining of a transnational Chinese identity that is the function of both memory and forgetting in-between nostalgia and cosmopolitanism. It is my contention that the creation of an uncertain, undefined, and often interchangeable interplay between memory and forgetting in the film may be an effective strategy to describe Chinese diaspora in the era of global capitalism

Keywords: Autumn Moon; Fetish; Hong Kong; New Hong Kong cinema; The place; childhood

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2004

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