Chinese Face/Off: the Transnational Popular Culture of Hong Kong

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Jackie Chan's high-flying stunts, giant pandas, and even the unintentionally hilarious English subtitles that often accompany Hong Kong's films are among the many targets of Kwai-Cheung Lo's in-depth study of Hong Kong popular culture.

Drawing on current concepts of globalization as well as the theories of Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Zizek, Chinese Face/Off explores the way in which fantasy operates in relation to ethnic and national identity. The book offers a critical perspective for approaching the question of cultural otherness by problematizing what it means to be Chinese and explaining how Hong Kong popular culture serves as an imaginary screen for its many compatriots seeking to understand what it means to be "Chinese" in a global age.

Examining topics including film, newspaper culture, theme parks, and kung-fu comics as well as the interaction of the Hong Kong film industry with Hollywood, Lo uncovers Hong Kong's importantly "transnational" identity defined in terms of complex relationships with mainland China, other diasporic communities (like Taiwan), and the West.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUrbana, Chicago
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Print)9780252072284, 9789622097537, 025202978X, 0252072286, 9622097537
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

Publication series

NamePopular Culture and Politics in Asia Pacific


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