Historiography and sinification: Music in Chinese cinema of the 1930s

Yueh Yu Yeh*

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Sinification, in the sense of rendering Chinese, or indigenizing a foreign medium, has been a dominant discourse in Chinese film historiography. This article analyzes film music in Chinese cinema of the 1930s and argues that sinification should not be taken as a natural or inevitable process but instead should be viewed as a conditional, negotiated practice, subject to intertwined industrial and political mediations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-97
Number of pages20
JournalCinema Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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