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Taiwan's Cuckoo's Nest and the New Labor Situation

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Taiwan's Cuckoo's Nest (aka Wang Film Production Inc.) was established by James (Chung-Yang) Wang in 1978 with help from Hanna Barbera. In less than a decade, it grew from a basement studio to two multistoried complexes and increased its output of 17 cartoon episodes to more than 200 yearly in the 1980s (Lent, 1998). As a result, Taiwan became one of the world's largest producers of animation in the early 1990s. The animation industry in Taiwan, however, was and still is, positioned in a dependent relationship within the subcontracting environment.
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Keywords: 1980s/1990s; Japan; Taiwan; Taiwan's Cuckoo's Nest; animation; labor

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Wisconsin

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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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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