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Stephanie Hemelryk Donald & Paola Voci

In: The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies

Chapter 3: China: Cinema, Politics and Scholarship

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China: Cinema, Politics and Scholarship
China: Cinema, politics and scholarship
Stephanie HemelrykDonald and PaolaVoci

In 2005, film scholars from inside and outside China came together at a conference to celebrate one hundred years of Chinese cinema under the rubric of ‘National, Transnational, and International: Chinese Cinema and Asian Cinema in the Context of Globalization ‘1 This ambitious title implied a broad definition of ‘Chinese cinema’ that includes both Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinemas, whilst ‘Asian cinema’ was a gesture towards the rising star of Korean film. The terminology in part reflects a constraint of the Chinese language, in which the absence of plural markers does not allow the use of the English phrase ‘Chinese cinemas’. (An emerging alternative is the phrase huayu dianying or ‘Chinese language cinema’, ...

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