Donnie Yen’s Wing Chun Body as a Cyber-Intertext

Dorothy W S Lau*

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Starring as the titular character of the martial arts hit Ip Man, Donnie Yen develops his persona marked by the Wing Chun physique and codes of Chineseness. The understanding of the body and the Chineseness becomes perplexed in cyberspace wherein users gain agency to poach, edit and post materials about stars, participating in the star-making and meaning-making processes. This article will focus on a blog named 'Practice Wing Chun' and YouTube to investigate how cyber fans reinvent Yen's Wing Chun persona. The blogger cross-posts movie scenes of Ip Man and photographs of Ip Man and his student, Bruce Lee. YouTube users juxtapose components from Ip Man and other movies to create 'video mashups'. My analysis will demonstrate the Wing Chun body, as a composite and multi-directional 'intertext' bridging yet blurring the cinematic and cyber realms, is opened up for cyber fans' relentless negotiation of Chineseness in the global fan circuit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chinese Cinemas
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

User-Defined Keywords

  • Body
  • Chineseness
  • Cyberspace
  • Participatory
  • Stars
  • Wing Chun


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