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Outside and Beyond “The National”: A Case Study of Ang Lee’s Cinema in Hollywood

Li, Joe



Qiao Li

Richard Conte


This article takes perhaps the most successful film- maker of Chinese origin, Ang Lee, out of his Taiwanese context of discussion and investigates the ways that his transnational/global filmmaking intersects with Chinese cultural identities and influences. This further problematizes the concept of national cinema and notions of “the national” as being defined within the boundaries of a nation-state. In the era of globalization, the fixed notions of national are problematic in thinking through cross-cultural communication (which is not unidirectional if it is to be successful). Ang Lee’s films take place in cross-cultural, transnational settings and deal with the themes of Chinese/Taiwanese diaspora, homosexuality, and cultural identity. The analysis of “Chineseness” in Ang Lee’s trans- national/Hollywood cinema help us interpret more productively the interface between global and local, national and transnational.

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Publication Date Nov 30, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2022
Pages 21-39
Book Title Migration & Memory: Arts and Cinemas of The Chinese Diaspora
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9782593455472
Keywords National cinema, Imagined communities, Cultural identity, Chineseness, Transnationalism, Ang Lee
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