Articulating British Chinese experiences on-screen: 'soursweet' and 'ping pong'

Chan, Felicia and Willis, Andy 2012, 'Articulating British Chinese experiences on-screen: 'soursweet' and 'ping pong'' , Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 6 (1) , pp. 27-39.

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The notion of the Sinophone according to Shu-mei Shih attempts takes the delineation of Chinese identities out of ethno-geographic boundaries into linguistic communities. In the case of Chinese cinemas, the emphasis on linguistic communities fails to address Chinese diasporic cinemas that do not necessarily employ any Chinese language, yet speak to the tensions inherent in articulating Chinese identities on foreign shores. This article will explore these issues through a study of the British Chinese films Ping Pong (Po-Chih Leong, 1986) and Soursweet (Mike Newell, 1988) and argue that an emphasis on Sinophone cinemas, as a stand-in for the polyvalencies of `Chinese' and `Chineseness', risks silencing non-Chinese-language Chinese cinemas such as British Chinese cinema. However marginalized it may be, the example of British Chinese cinema calls into question the political usefulness of a definition of Chinese identity that silences those who for artistic, cultural or economic reasons choose to work in non-Chinese languages.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chinese Cinemas
Publisher: Intellect
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1750-8061
Depositing User: Andy Willis
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 12:39
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:01

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