1st Edition

Cultural Bifocals on Chinese TV Series and Diaspora Fiction

By Sheng-mei Ma Copyright 2025
    274 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book explores how Chinese TV series and Asian Diaspora fiction are consumed, experienced, and adapted by and for audiences worldwide, particularly those of the Chinese diaspora.

    It focuses or ‘zooms in’ on well-known exceptional Chinese TV series such as Reset and The Bad Kids and ‘zooms-out’ to explore a wider panorama of lesser-known TV dramas and films. It also explores Asian American representations of ‘bespoke immigrants’, the Nobelist Kazuo Ishiguro and other ‘1.5-generation novelists’, a Canadian missionary’s memoir, a Taiwanese Canadian young adult fantasy author, among others. Through the analysis of this material, it reveals how some Asian American writers are themselves liable to portraying stereotypes of Asian immigrant communities, reinforcing familiar tropes of the white gaze. It also features an insightful analysis of Taiwan’s films and culture, highlighting how Taiwanese identity is represented and moreover shaped by cross-strait tensions.

    Exploring a diversity of content and media consumption, this book will appeal to students and scholars of media studies, Cultural studies, Chinese studies and Asian studies.

    Part I: Chinese TV Series Afar  1. Homing Laptop: Return to Reset via Chinese TV Series  2. Three Bad Kids, One Loving Killer: Red China Noir in Blakean Symmetry  3. Gaming Reincarnation Inside the Chinese Pressure Cooker: Reading, Streaming, Teaching Reset  4. Suturing Old and New Chinas: Su Lun’s Bug and Billionaire  Part II: Asian Diaspora Fiction Anear  5. Bespoke Immigrants in Nisei Murayama, Accented Kim, Mama Tan  6. One Small Yellow Kid, One Giant Nobelist: Deracination of Outcault’s Clown and Ishiguro’s Clones  7. The 1.5-Generation Are Different from You and Me: Fake Real Homecoming and Half Surreal Montage of Asian America  8. George Leslie MacKay: A Missionary of the Master; A Master of Missions  9. Judy I. Lin’s High Tea EXotica: Young Adult Orientalism to a T  10. Taiwan Shift in Anglophone Fiction and Memoir  Part III: Bifocals Off  11. Taiwan Meets Its Unmaker: Circum-I(sle) and gHost Films  12. Din Tao the Body Writ;  the Body Rid  13. Horsey-come-lately: No Asian American Superhero Comics until Little Monkey


    Sheng-mei Ma is Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA.