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Early Film Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China

Kaleidoscopic Histories

Edited by Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2018
Pages: 364
Subject: Art - Film & Video, History - Asia/China
Print ISBN: 9780472053728
eBook ISBN: 9780472901029


This volume features new work on cinema in early twentieth-century Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China. Looking beyond relatively well-studied cities like Shanghai, these essays foreground cinema's relationship with imperialism and colonialism and emphasize the rapid development of cinema as a sociocultural institution. These essays examine where films were screened; how cinema-going as a social activity adapted from and integrated with existing social norms and practices; the extent to which Cantonese opera and other regional performance traditions were models for the development of cinematic conventions; the role foreign films played in the development of cinema as an industry in the Republican era; and much more.


“This is scholarship at its best. Going to previously unexamined sources and extending the range of cities covered beyond Shanghai, this volume is likely to be a new watershed in studies of early Chinese-language cinema.”
—Chris Berry, King's College, London