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

Kaleidoscopic Histories

Edited by Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

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.

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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

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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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh is Lam Wong Yiu Wah Chair Professor of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is the author of East Asian Screen Industries (BFI, with Darrell Davis), Taiwan Film Directors (Columbia University Press, with Darrell Davis) and editor of Chinese-language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics (University of Hawai’i Press, with Sheldon Lu).

REVIEWS

“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

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