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- ISBN: 9780415493550 | 0415493552
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 6/23/2011
The Amoy-dialect film industry thrived in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia in the 1950s. Film in Amoy dialect, a dialect of Chinese, reflects a particular period in the history of the Chinese diaspora, and has been little studied due to its ambiguous place within the wider realm of Chinese and East Asian film history. This book represents the first full length, critical study of the origin, the significant rise and the rapid decline of the Amoy-dialect film industry in post-war Asia. Rather than examining the industry for its own sake, it focuses on its broader cultural, political and economic significance in the region. In particular, it questions many of the assumptions that are currently being made about the 'recentness' of transnationalism in Chinese cultural production, as well as the prominence given to 'the nation' and 'nation-building' in studies of Chinese cinemas and of the Chinese Diaspora. By examining a cinema that was not 'national', not grounded in any particular national tradition, and largely unconcerned with the 'nation-building' project in post-war Asia, this book challenges the very terms of reference within which many studies of film have been conducted.